Now You Can Name a Crater on Mars After Yourself

Boy, do I have a few names for those craters!


Thanks to the space-education program Uwingu, you can now name a crater on Mars whatever you darn well please.

Using an interactive that maps Mars’ surface, you can click on a crater and pay–anywhere from $5 for a tiny one to $250 for an extra large one–to name that crater. The proceeds go to the Uwingu Fund,  which provides “grants to space researchers, educators, and entrepreneurs in this time of government cutbacks.”

According to the website:

For years, space mission rover drivers have named craters on Mars and Apollo astronauts have named landing site landmarks on their Moon missions.

Now it’s your turn, creating the first citizen’s Mars map with names for all of the approximately 500,000 largest, still unnamed craters on Mars! You can also help name the map grid rectangles of all the Districts and Provinces in our address system–the first ever address system for Mars.

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