Category: space names
Exactly forty-three years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon, with Armstrong being the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later, famously describing the event as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This effectively ended the space race with Russia and fulfilled a goal set by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Apollo— The Apollo program was named after the Greek god of light, music and the sun by NASA manager Abe Silverstein, who said he chose it “like I’d name my baby,” after perusing a mythology book and seeing an image of Apollo riding his chariot across the sun.
So you’ve scoured the Earth and still haven’t come up with the perfect name for your baby. Maybe it’s time to look skyward to broaden your horizons. There’s a whole galaxy of interesting and evocative celestial names to choose from, including those of planets and their satellites, constellations and single stars. These range from simple human names like Faye and Helene to those carrying the romantic resonance of Greek and Roman myth.
First, some names of planets and their satellites: