Kumara Crater, Mars

Did you know that the town of Kumara has a crater named after it? 

Discovered in 1979, 360km from the Voyager 2 Lander.  

Impact craters on Mars larger than 1 km exist by the hundreds of thousands, but only about 1,000 of them have names. Names are assigned by the International Astronomical Union after petitioning by relevant scientists, and in general, only craters that have a significant research interest are given names. Martian craters under 60 km in diameter are name after towns on Earth with populations of less than 100,000. 

Despite efforts to reach the International Astronomical Union, it remains a mystery who, or why a scientist chose our town to name this crater after.

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