Crater on Moon named for former PRPDC Director
On March 16th, 2018, in honor of the PRPDC's founding Director Dr. B. Ray Hawke, the International
Astronomical Union's (IAU) Planetary Nomenclature Committee approved the name "Hawke Crater". Located to the
northwest of Schrodinger Basin, this crater is 13.2 km in diameter, and is at 66.61S, 128.65E. For a full
description of this crater, go to the U.S.
Geological Survey's list of planetary names.
In addition to his outstanding long career in lunar research, during which he published on average 2 peer-reviewed papers each year, B. Ray was the Founding Director of the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) at UH Manoa from 1984 until his death on January 24, 2015. Current PRPDC Director Pete Mouginis-Mark says "due to B. Ray's commitment to planetary research, UH Manoa has established one of the finest archives of planetary images dating back to the Apollo lunar missions and the early exploration of Mars, which will be a resource for younger scientists for years to come". B. Ray also served tirelessly as the Associate Director for Outreach for the Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) from its inception in 1991.