This is something I've wondered about quite frequently. Is there really any common naming procedure used to name spacecraft? It seems that some spacecraft are named after greek and roman gods, such as:
- Orion(Spacecraft): Named after the mythological giant huntsman Orion
- Apollo(Program): Named after the roman and greek god Apollo
- Gemini(Spacecraft): A name given to the mythological twins, Castor and Pollux
just to name a few. However, most of the names NASA gives to their spacecraft seem all over the place. Some are named for their mission, others are named in honor of certain people, and others 1are just plain weird.
This lead me to wonder, if there is any set naming convention for naming spacecraft, or is each one just named at random and "on the fly"?
1Just start reading each paragraph near the ends. Each one list the names of the command module/service module, and lunar module....