Uwingu Launches Public Project to Name All 500,000 Mapped Craters on Mars
For years, space mission rover drivers have named craters on Mars and Apollo astronauts have named landing site landmarks on their Moon missions.
Now, through Uwingu, you can get involved in space exploration in a similar way—by helping to create a citizen’s Mars map with names for all of the approximately 500,000 largest unnamed craters on Mars—the most Earth-like planet in our solar system. But hurry, there are billions of people on Earth, many more than the number of mapped Martian craters!
Uwingu is proud to announce this opportunity to connect people to space exploration in a way never before possible.
Just think—over almost 50 years of Mars exploration, only about 15,000 features have been named on Mars by all the astronomers in the world. But over 500,000 Martian craters mapped by NASA and European space missions have no names. Uwingu’s web site now allows anyone to contribute to create a new, citizen’s map of Mars which names all those unnamed Martian craters!
Only imagination limits your naming choices. Names of Martian craters in this new Mars map can honor individuals, living or deceased, pets, places on Earth or in space, sports teams, musical groups, countries, fictional characters—its up to you.
Prices for naming craters vary depending on the size of the crater, and begin at just a few dollars. Proceeds from the creation of Uwingu’s Mars crater map will, like other Uwingu products, help fuel The Uwingu Fund to provide grants for space research and education—meaning that with every name you contribute you’ll be helping to fuel future space activities.
Duplicate names are allowed in different Districts and Provinces, on Mars just as street names in different cities on Earth can be the same. So if someone has already used a name you want to use—no problem—just make sure the crater you name is in a different part of Mars than where someone else named a crater the same thing.
For each crater you name, you’ll receive an electronic certificate with your name and the date and details of the crater you named. These make valuable mementos for yourself, and unique gifts for people you may have honored with a place on Mars.
So spread the word! Uwingu is challenging people everywhere to pitch in and complete the naming of Mars’s 500,000 largest craters in this single year, 2014!
We hope to see your ideas on Mars, and soon!
Its a little bit hoakey but then isn’t everything. Its a nice gift for the living and a nice way to remember the passed with a giant tombstone on Mars!
Tks for checking out the site, we are eager to find a new way to help fund space research, education, & exploration!
I purchased a crater this morning but it won’t let me download the certificate and my account it says
OUT OF STOCK. Can anyone help me with this?
I rec’d the paypal receipt that it was paid.
Nick, I’m sorry about your trouble. Please send a quick note via our contact page and we’ll find a solution for you right away. http://www.uwingu.com/about-us/contact/
I went to paypal to pay before I saw the warning “make sure you click on “return to Uwingu” after you paypal is processed” … is there any way to go back somehow and get the certificate “Benito Prats” Crater on Mars? – Please .. Sorry about the mistake — I named another crater successfully – that is how I know about that warning:) — Thanks – Benito
What gives you the authority to name the craters? Also, it would be helpful to have a link to purchase a crater embedded in this story.
Thank you for your support! We would love if you purchased a crater for each grandchild. Upon completion of your order you will receive a link to download a pdf certificate listing the crater name, citation/description text,date,image/location of your crater. See here for another customer example! Enjoy http://ow.ly/u6FrK
I did the contact us. I did receive an email and went on the
link – it does not work! My account still says OUT OF STOCK.
And I cannot download the certificate. This is ridiculous.
Nick- We think we solved your problem. Please let us know if not. We apologize that we had some start up issues, but we’re working to make sure they don’t reoccur.
the problem is sorted
This is so cool. And for someone who loves science, it’s the best gift ever. Thanks for this oppurtunity
Hey there, why can’t I name any craters above 30-degrees latitude? I know your database has tons….
Good question! I’ll see if I can find out for you.
HI there – was support able to help you with your question? We appreciate your Uwingu support.
i cannot download my certificate for a mother’s day gift, please help!!
I sent your certificate by direct email. Peter