London: A new campaign has been launched by NASA's New Horizons mission, the SETI Institute and the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which allows general public to name Pluto's newly discovered features and its satellites.
The public has been invited to suggest names within the designated IAU themes for these celestial bodies.
On 14 July 2015, NASA's New Horizons probe will fly past Pluto, offering the first close-up look at this small, distant world and its largest satellite, Charon. These denizens of the outer solar system will, at long last, be transformed from mysterious, hazy bodies into worlds with distinct features.
In celebration of this historic occasion, the IAU endorsed a campaign that would allow members of the public to participate in naming newly imaged and identified features on the surfaces ofPluto and its natural satellites.