Naming a crater on Mars for Mac
I received a very interesting email last night that I think you all would be interested in! Shepherd Johnson would like to collect votes and showcase Mac’s work on Mars to persuade USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) to name a Martian crater for Mac.
Shepherd has a contact at USGS who has stated and believes, as per the website guidelines, that Mac “falls under the criteria for the naming convention, which is that craters are named for writers and others who have contributed to the lore of Mars.” All that is required for this is a recommendation, but Shepherd and I would like to go the extra step and showcase Mac’s work, as well as show a whole bunch of citizen support!
Shepherd has started by creating a Facebook group for people interested in having a crater (preferably in or near the region of Cydonia!) named for Mac. If you are a Facebook user, please join to show your support! We have no idea if voting will help, but it certainly couldn’t hurt!
Next, we are looking for ideas of ways to showcase Mac’s work, which is where we could use some help from the Macbot community. We could either give this USGS contact a list of URLs that link to his Mars-related material, or possibly direct her to a page here at Macbots where we post everything Mars-related we can find, but either way, we need help searching for the material!! Neither of us know Mac’s work as well as the whole community does, so we really need the hivemind to get this off the ground!
If you can think of a link, article, or anything of Mac’s that you think would be useful, please post a comment here, tweet me @macbots, or email me at blazingbetta [@] gmail [dot] com. It may take a while, even a couple years, to see this effort come to fruition, but I think Mac is definitely worth the effort!