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The Week contest: Small Moon - September 2, 2011
The Earth once had two moons, say planetary scientists, who believe the smaller one crashed into Moon we know, fusing them together. Kindly come up with a name for this smaller, forgotten moon.
 
While the near side of the moon (the side visible from Earth) is smooth, the far side is quite rugged -- perhaps because billions of years ago, another moon collided with the far side of our moon.
While the near side of the moon (the side visible from Earth) is smooth, the far side is quite rugged -- perhaps because billions of years ago, another moon collided with the far side of our moon.
NASA/Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS

Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

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Last week’s contest: Early in its history the Earth had two moons, theorize two planetary scientists, who believe the smaller one crashed into the larger, fusing them together. We asked you to name the smaller, forgotten moon.

THE WINNER: Splaturn
Gordon Clawson, Ojai, CA 

SECOND PLACE:  Moony-me
Jonathon Holguin, Bakersfield, CA  

THIRD PLACE: Harvested Moon
Megan Bury, Mendham, NJ 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Moon Lite
Caroline Verner, Savannah, GA

MySpace
Amanda Ryniker, Austin, TX

Luna Melt
Jan Lawrence, Seattle, WA 

Loony Two
Ernie Henninger, Harrodsburg, KY

Pac-Moon
Billy Cockrell,  Clearfield, KY 

Titleist
Tim Mathis, Boaz, KY

Itty Bitty Bang Bang
Paul Witte, New Hope, PA 

Pluto
Jonathan Wu Wong, Milton, MA 

Shadow
Brendan Leyden, Lomita, CA

Cheez-It 
John E. Koskie, Monroe, NY

BetaMax
Brian Carter, Greenwich, CT

Lunatyke
Susan Sullivan, Portland, OR 

Lunette
E Joyce Hustey, Greenville, PA 

Fruit of the Moon
Dena Cornett, Mill Valley, CA 

Asterisk
John Parry, Laurel, MD

Moonie
Jim Bertram, St. Cloud, MN

Klingon
Alicia Barr, Lubbock, TX

The Moon in the Moon
Martha Turner-Boyle, Amelia Island, FL

Moon-struck
George Wingard, York, PA

Doubloon
Julia Turpen, Cypress, TX 

MoonPie
Andrea Manha, South Lake Tahoe, CA 

Moondoggle
Ronald M. Burkhart, Kilauae, HI

Dwarf Vader
Laurie Breier, Roseburg, OR 

Prince Harry
Ken Fagin, Gaithersburg, MD  

Midge
Catherine R Butler, El Dorado AR

Lunar Nodule
Roxanne Perez, Twentynine Palms, CA

Moon Unit
Gary Crane, Austin, TX

Alicecrammedin
Ira Katz, Coram, NY 11727

Moonchkin
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA  

Lunior
Chrislee Stephens, Highlands, TX 

Luna Bomber 
Frank Flaherty, Lebanon ME 

Creamed Cheese
Stephanie Wall, Cotuit, MA 

Goodnight Moon
Peg Wrona, Baldwinsville, NY

 

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