Some of the crater names submitted by the public for Uwingu's "people's map" of Mars.Credit: Uwingu
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Still scrambling for a last-minute Christmas gift idea? You could always name a Mars crater for that special someone.
The space-funding company Uwingu is running a promotion that allows customers to create holiday versions of the certificates they receive when they purchase a name for a Mars crater.
"Know someone who has everything? Having problems thinking of new gift ideas for someone who loves space and astronomy? We have you covered at www.uwingu.com!" planetary scientist and Uwingu CEO Alan Stern, who also serves as the principal investigator for NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission, said in a statement.
Uwingu (whose name means "sky" in Swahili) is building a crowdsourced map of Mars that, if all goes according to plan, will be taken to the Red Planet by two private exploration efforts: the