Auction for a Cause: Space research, education, and exploration
As eBays largest cycling store we try to stick to cycling related auctions, however every once in a while an unusual request will come our way. A cycling friend and marketing consultant, Ellen Butler came to us with an out-of-this-world opportunity. She is working with a group of planetary scientist and astronomers at Uwingu.
Uwingu raises awareness and money to help fund space exploration, research, and education. They have been selling naming rights to craters on their Uwingu Mars map as a new way to generate grant funds for space related organizations and projects. We agreed to help them auction their biggest unnamed crater as a fundraiser for the National Space Society. Additional proceeds for this auction will go towards grants for the Mars One Project and other space organizations.
The huge, ancient crater is 627 km (391 miles) in diameter—as big as the state of Florida; it is bigger than 60% of the countries on Earth. The name given to the crater by the eBay auction winner will forever be recorded on our new map of Mars, and then sent to Mars by the Mars One project. The winning bidder will also receive a framed certificate of naming, two (2) VIP passes to the Mars Insight mission launch—NASA’s next Mars launch, and a handsome desk globe of Mars valued at over $300.
“Our goals at Uwingu are to get more people excited about space exploration, and to fund space exploration, research, and education projects via this new private sector way,” said Uwingu’s CEO, planetary scientist Alan Stern. “There are still almost 500,000 unnamed craters on our people’s map of Mars.”
In addition to bidding on the eBay auctioned crater, enthusiasts, gift givers, and supporters are encouraged to go online at www.uwingu.com and support Uwingu’s goals by naming smaller and mid-sized craters as holiday gifts to loved ones, friends, and coworkers. Prices range from $5 to $5,000 depending on crater size.
Uwingu founder and CEO, Dr. Alan Stern is available for interviews about this auction immediately. Contact him HERE.
In addition to bidding on the eBay auctioned crater, enthusiasts, gift givers, and supporters can visit www.Uwingu.com to name smaller to mid-sized craters as holiday gifts or cards. Prices range from $5 to $5,000 depending on crater size.
Visit the auction: bit.ly/TPC-Mars-Crater
For more information, contact Uwingu, here: www.uwingu.com/