Mission to Mars in need of name that isn't completely stupid
July 23, 2012 10:04 AM Subscribe
I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself?
posted by Narrative Priorities to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing a short story in which an international crew is in transit to Mars on a Nautilus-X style ship
, and for various logistical/plot reasons I'd like for the ship to have a Chinese name.
To any of you who're fluent in Mandarin -- what are some believable names that wouldn't sound ridiculous to a native speaker? Assume that the PRC is still in existence and making name-related decisions.
Related real-world vehicles and their names:
- space station
- manned orbiter
- (unsuccessful) Mars probe
- rocket for launching vehicles into LEO
I don't speak or read any Chinese at all, and I would prefer to avoid just plugging things into Google Translator, so any help at all with this would be hugely appreciated! I'd hate for a silly spaceship name to be a black mark on this project.