Krosuri Veera Raghava Chary of Andhra Pradesh, India, was both a space-lover and a devoted communist highly opposed to India’s caste system.
So he gave all five of his children, born from the 1960s to the 1980s, space-themed names that were so unconventional that they made it impossible to determine the family’s caste.
Here they are, in order:
- Spaceship (boy), named after the USSR’s first Soyuz spacecraft, launched in 1966.
- Viking-II (girl), named after the NASA spacecraft Viking 2, launched in 1975.
- Fusion (boy), whose name may have been inspired by the fact that “stars are powered by nuclear fusion in their cores.”
- Space Shuttle (boy), named after NASA’s Space Shuttle system, which began with test flights in 1981.
- Space Shuttle later named one of his children, a boy, Space Shuttle Bulldozer.
- Space Shuttle Challenger (boy), named after NASA’s ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger, launched in 1986.
Chary also named two of his grandchildren, Quasar and Sagan.
Related question: What do you think the first space baby should be named?