ATG Quirkies: Stanley Kubrick, Captain Kirk, and the Lord of the Rings Together in Space

"New Horizons - Logo2 big" by NASA/JPL/APL/SwRI via Wikimedia Commons

“New Horizons – Logo2 big” by NASA/JPL/APL/SwRI via Wikimedia Commons

This post on the Mashable website points to a unique problem that the “unforgettable pictures” from the recent flyby of Pluto gave the New Horizons team: “What do they call all those craters, plains and mountain ranges?

Now, thanks to maps the New Horizons team plans to submit to the International Astronomical Union (the official governing body for names of celestial objects), we know the answer.

Their names are drawn from movies, TV shows and books sure to gladden every geek’s heart — including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien, Lord of the Rings and the works of H.P. Lovecraft…”

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)


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