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Naming a crater on the Moon 🌒 to honor a family member, your husband or wife, a parent, friend, colleague or loved one on a special occasion (such as 🎅 Christmas, 💝 Valentines Day, your 👰 anniversary or a 🎁 birthday) is very easy … but you may still have questions.
Please scroll down the page to find answers to many of the most common questions we receive.
Not only can you view your crater on the Moon nearly any night of the year, you also receive a beautifully engraved and personalized certificate and certified registration letter, along with an information sheet detailing the location of the crater, and a satellite photograph showing the region in which the crater is located.
We’ll also include a free Postcard From The Moon with your special gift message at no additional cost to you!
Everywhere! Over the past quarter of a century, we have shipped a little bit of the Moon (in the form of documents, of course!) to every corner of the world, from Canada to Chile, from India to South Africa, and everywhere in between.
We generally require two business days (not including weekends and federal holidays) to officially register the crater name, and to process, print and ship the documents.
In the USA, standard delivery times are 5 to 10 business days in transit.
In a hurry for a last-minute gift? Delivery via USPS Express (2 to 3 business days) and USPS Priority (3 to 5 business days) are also offered as options.
We generally require two business days (not including weekends and US federal holidays) to officially register the crater name, and to process, print and ship the documents.
Depending on where in the world you are outside the USA, delivery is subject to your country’s postal service.
Our packets generally clear customs out of the United States in about three days, at which point they are transferred to your postal service for transport to your country and delivery to you.
As customs hands your package off to your local postal authority, there can be a lag time of 2to 5 business days where your package is not visible. Not every country scans their packages or performs a full set of scans. The Crater Registry is not responsible for packages once they have been handed off to the local postal authority.
Please note that we are still experiencing lengthy delivery times to many locations in Asia, South Asia, Africa, and South America as a result of service limitations beyond our control.
Craters – as well as other significant geographic and geological features on the Moon – cannot be bought and sold; in partnership with other organizations, we are working to preserve these formations, along with the landing sites of earlier missions to Luna, as a legacy of all humankind.
You may, however, name a crater on the Moon as a tribute or memorial to a family member, friend, colleague or loved one. Having a crater named in honor of someone does not transfer ownership of that crater to that person or entity.
No. You may have a crater named for yourself, but the crater may not be altered in any manner or by any means. As part of the name designation process, you agree to preserve the unique and distinctive character of the crater for future generations.
Maybe. Some smaller craters may not be clearly visible, even with a high-powered telescope, and craters on the far side of the Moon are not visible at all from Earth. However, with a very good telescope most larger craters are viewable, depending on your location and viewing conditions.
We do not purport, warrant or in any way guarantee that you will be able to view any specific crater from Earth, and visibility from Earth is not a condition of designating a crater name.
First, you cannot “buy” any crater. You may, however, have a crater named in your honor, or in honor of a friend, family member (such as your husband, wife, mother, father, or your child) or another loved one – but you cannot request a specific crater.
The naming of a crater on the Moon is intended to be a permanent honor. You may not sell or transfer it under any circumstances.
Absolutely … but we don’t provide transportation services at this time. If you have a wealthy friend in the space industry, they may be able to help you arrange a visit.