–By Hashim Khan
It is an honour to have millions of fans from around the globe but to have a Lunar Crater on the moon being named after you is a completely different ball game. In our previous episode of QUIZ WHIZZ we asked you:
The New York-based organization ,The International Lunar Geographic Society, has named the lunar crater in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility after which famous movie actor?
a. Alfredo Al Pacino
b. Leonado Dicaprio
c. Shahrukh Khan
d. Clint Eastwood.
All you Shahrukh Khan fans can jump out of your seats because I am sure you didn’t see this one coming! Yes, Bollywood has made it to the moon, if you would believe it. It is making its presence felt 4 lakh km away on the lunar surface in an area close to where the first men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
The International Lunar Geographic Society, a New York-based organization devoted to the study of the moon, has declared that a lunar crater in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility has been christened after Shahrukh Khan. This has been approved by the International Astronomical Union, which has a final say with regard to the naming of craters on the moon. The crater “has been given the honorary designation as the Crater S R Khan on the occasion of Mr. Khan’s 44th birthday” on November 2, 2009, the society said.
According to the society, the crater was named following a deluge of petitions from Shahrukh’s admirers from India and around the world. Incidentally, one of his dedicated admirers has already presented him with a piece of the moon by buying him land there.
With a crater named after him, Shah Rukh now joins the ranks of eminent personalities like Nobel laureate C V Raman, father of the Indian space program Vikram Sarabhai, father of the Indian nuclear program Homi Bhabha and other luminaries like Meghnad Saha after whom craters have been named.
The decision has triggered a mixed response within the scientific community, with the father of the Indian moon mission Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan supporting it, but president of the National Space Society, Suresh Naik, describing it as “shocking”. No matter how big an SRK fan you are, I am sure this news has taken you by surprise!
Congratulation to those who got it right! Stay tuned for the next question on Monday 7pm.
– The writer is an Executive member of NUST Science Society and a sophomore at School of Chemical and Materials Engineering.