This year, for Father's Day, forget buying dad a new silk tie or some bass fishing tackle and, instead, name a Martian crater after your papa. For a nominal price, the space-funding company Uwingu, which sells exclusive naming rights to the 580,000 cataloged Marscraters currently without a name, is offering an epic holiday deal: Name a crater between now and Father's Day (June 21) and receive a special decorative certificate, either a downloadable digital version or a deluxe printed and framed one for an extra $39.95. Those who purchase the 50 largest craters will be awarded a gift certificate to name more Martian craters from now until the end of 2015. Prices start at $5 for the tiniest crater and ramp up all the way to $5,000 for the biggest bad boy.
"This is an out-of-this-world way to honor dads across this planet," said Uwingu CEO Dr. Alan Stern, a planetary scientist who also holds the rank of principal investigator for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. "Help your dad join our 'Dads on Mars' club!"
Although crater names purchased via Uwingu won't actually be official designations recognized by the International Astronomical Union, the names will be entered onto Uwingu's crowdfunded "People's Map of Mars," which will soar aboard the Mars One colonization team's robotic Red Planet lander scheduled to blast off in 2020.
To honor your dad this Father's Day with his own personal Red Planet crater, head over to Uwingu's Martian Craters site and pick one out for pop.