PLMS seventh-grader’s naming the moon recommendation gains attention

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Maya Bowen’s idea for a national contest goes to NASA and ScienceWorld

Why doesn’t the Earth’s moon have a name? Maya Bowen, a seventh-grade student at Pleasant Lea Middle School, has been asking this question at her school for several months with the topic also being discussed in her science class.

With the help of science teacher Chris Lake, Maya’s idea is gaining attention. Mrs. Lake sent the suggestion to NASA and Scholastic’s ScienceWorld magazine, encouraging NASA to conduct a name the moon contest.

NASA representatives responded to Maya’s science teacher, saying it was an “interesting concept” and that the idea was forwarded to the Planetary Science Division. ScienceWorld officials responded that the idea has been sent to the magazine’s corporate office.

Maya has already developed her recommendations for contest parameters, adding that she does not want the moon named after a person. She also recommends that the moon’s name not come from Roman mythology. The Earth is the only planet in our solar system that is not named after a Roman god.

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