For $5, Name a Crater on Mars

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Uwingu, a company that encourages people to get involved in space exploration and astronomy, is giving people the opportunity to name a crater on Mars.

Uwingu, a company that encourages people to get involved in space exploration and astronomy, is giving people the opportunity to name a crater on Mars.

In the process, the group, which is comprised of some space industry and study heavyweights, hopes to raise 10 million dollars. The money will be used to help fund science and education endeavors.

Approximately 15 thousand of the more than half a million known Martian craters have already been assigned official IDs by the International Astronomical Union, or IAU, the official name givers of such things.

Now, for as little as 5 dollars, regular folk can add their personal touch to Uwingu’s map of the Red Planet, too.

How official is it? Well, that depends upon how you look at it.

Not long ago, Uwingu and the IAU got into a bit of a scuffle over a similar exoplanet naming effort.

Said Uwingu’s CEO Alan Stern, “We’re just opening up a public feature naming for the first time. We don’t think we own it, we don’t think anyone owns it. We’re just creating a new application.”

According to Stern, if their naming and fund raising campaign is successful, it will create the largest private grant fund of its kind in history.

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