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Five Dollars Puts Your Name On A Mars Crater, Uwingu Non-Profit Promotes Space Exploration and Sciences

Feb 28, 2014 03:50 PM EST | By Staff Reporter
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Craters on Mars(Photo : Twiiter Photo Section)

Five dollars establishes your name on planet Mars.

According to Red Orbit Friday, those who have internet can put an identification to a single crater out of 500,000 yet to be titled as part of an endeavor with Uwingu, a non-profit science organization that strives to link individuals with space, and space science information on the group's website reported.

"(The names will) be used by anyone using Uwingu's Mars maps," Uwingu said in a statement. "For now that's just the public, but soon, we hope, scientists and space missions to Mars will be using these maps too."

"If we sell them all, we'll generate $10 million for the Uwingu Fund,"  Alan Stern founder of Uwingu told NBC News. Stern is also a planetary scientist who established Uwingu in 2012. "Mars rover drivers name everything in sight - they name rocks and hills and craters, without asking anybody's permission," Stern told NBC News.  

"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," Uwingu said in a statement.

"To make this possible, the IAU acts as a single arbiter of the naming process, and is advised and supported by astronomers within different fields," the International Astronomical Union said in a statement NBC News reported. "As an international scientific organization, it dissociates itself entirely from the commercial practice of selling names of planets, stars or even 'real estate´ on other planets or moons. These practices will not be recognized by the IAU and their alternative naming schemes cannot be adopted."

The project does not apply to 15,000 since they have already been named, and accepted by the IAU Red Orbit reported. Some of the large holes have fake names like Eagle Crater, also the location NASA's Opportunity arrived to ten years ago Red Orbit reported.

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