The two twin lunar orbiters recently launched by NASA will no longer be known as Grail A and B. A fourth-grade class in Bozeman, Mont., has renamed the probes Ebb and Flow.
The class beat out more than 11,000 students from across the nation who submitted essays and potential names in the contest. NASA administrators announced the winners Tuesday at a press conference that was streamed online.
Students at Emily Dickinson Elementary School revealed the two names letter by letter on placards in a cheerleader-esque chant via an online video conference. Their teacher, Nina DiMauro, was ecstatic.
“Oh my gosh, this is unbelievable!” she said as her class cheered in the background. “It’s an exceptional honor. We can’t believe that it actually happened to us.”
As the winning class, DiMauro and her students will be the first campus to use the “moon-cam” on the orbiters — an educational tool that will be available to schools that incorporate the $496-million mission into their lesson plans.