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Naming the sky

The true story of one man's quest to give George Plimpton a permanent presence in orbit

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By Samuel Arbesman
September 27, 2009

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There’s something special about naming a celestial body, putting your thumbprint in the heavens up there with Jupiter and Mars and the Horsehead Nebula. The idea speaks to our desire for immortality--attaching a name to something that, if not quite eternal, will last far longer than anyone will be around to remember. (Full article: 1630 words)

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