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Bozeman Students Name Lunar Spacecraft

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Fourth graders from Emily Dickinson Elementary in Bozeman won a NASA contest to name two spacecraft that began orbiting the moon on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The 28 students in Nina DiMaurio's class chose the names "Ebb and Flow" for the washing-machine sized spacecraft that are part of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL.

GRAIL is the first planetary mission carrying instruments dedicated to education and public outreach. Each spacecraft carries a small camera. The Emily Dickinson students will be able to choose the first images to be shot by the cameras.

The Bozeman fourth-graders' suggested names were chosen from among entries by nearly 900 classrooms in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

      
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