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Could Leicester make its mark on Mars?

The University of Leicester scientist who's been leading the NASA mission to Mars says he hopes to name some localities on Mars after famous Leicestershire landmarks!

Writing in his blog about the 'Curiosity' project to land a rover on the Red Planet, he said:

One of the enjoyable aspects of Mars Science Laboratory is naming things...

Hopefully we can name some localities after famous Leicestershire localities at some point."

However, before Dr Bridges is able to name areas of the planet he must check with the International Astronomical Union Rules of Nomenclature.

The extraterrestrial names must be of 'recognised formations on Earth' and close to towns with a population of more than 100,000 people.

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