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Achtung, sci-fi fans! The team of scientists at NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto show a great sense of humor.
The project is a joint efforts led by the Southwest Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
I came across this piece of work recently: a map of Pluto’s moon, Charon:
Notice anything funny about the names?
Besides Ripley Crater and Nostromo Chasma, we find other place-names like:
- Gallifrey Macula,
- Vader Crater,
- Tardis Chasma,
- Serenity Chasma, and
- Kubrick Mons
According to the web page:
This image contains the initial, informal names being used by the New Horizons team for the features on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. Names were selected based on the input the team received from the Our Pluto naming campaign. Names have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
For more information on the maps and feature naming, visit Our Pluto‘s maps page.
Check it out!
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