I think Poul Andersen had a planet called Westfall, or maybe it was an alternate history Viking America. Anyway, given the number of stars in the universe, and the number of planets around those stars, and the number of physical features on each of those planets, everyone and everything on earth that ever had a name will likely one day be called upon to lend it to something in the night sky.
Someone's going round beating the drum for a spaceport in Guysborough County. A concept just like it was floated a decade ago, with the rocket launch site in Cape Breton. The main selling point for Guysborough is that it's the back of beyond, so presumably few people on the ground would be inconvenienced. However:
Nova Scotia is situated right under one of the busiest highways of air traffic on earth. On any given day hundreds of transatlantic flights fly through Nova Scotia's airspace.
To get a sense of the volume of traffic we're talking about, watch this video made by the National Air Traffic Services of the UK. It shows the tracks of the 2,524 North Atlantic flights that occurred on one single day in August 2013.
NASA imposes a 60-mile diameter aircraft exclusion zone around Cape Canaveral starting seven hours before there's a launch. Source. So any launch in Atlantic Canada would be sure to require rerouting hundreds of transatlantic flights.
Here's an interesting quote from the aftermath of the Cape Breton spaceport proposal:
"I think more important than the actual location of the launch site was, did the company understand the regulatory environment in which they would have to operate?" said Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of the commercial crew and cargo program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Source.
Which leads you wonder, has anyone from the Guysborough spaceport group, or from the provincial government, talked to the civil aviation authorities?
This is a pair of craters so close to each other that they form one lake, and were long thought to have been formed by a pair of gravitationally bound asteroids, but analysis of the surrounding rock puts them about 180 million years apart. Source.
On this date in 1959 the USSR launched Luna 1, the first attempt by humans to crash something into the moon. It missed, and is now in orbit around the Sun between Earth and Mars. Luna 2 achieved the desired impact on September 14, 1959, a little east of Mare Imbrium. Source.
France put a cat in space October 18, 1963. Félicette rode a Véronique rocket on a suborbital flight from the Hammaguira Blandine launch pad in Algeria to an altitude of 96 miles, and came back. Source.
On October 7, 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna 3 took the first pictures of the far side of the moon. This view is actually of the east side of the moon. That's Mare Moscoviense in the upper right. Compare.
Big Joe 1, the first Project Mercury spacecraft to cross the Karman Line (100 km) into space, and the first to ride an Atlas rocket, was launched on this day in 1959. The purpose of the flight was to test the capsule's heat shield, but it almost didn't come off, because the capsule almost didn't come off the rocket. Flight control had to fire the capsule's manoevring thrusters to yank it free of the rocket stage after the explosive bolts failed. Overall the Atlas didn't cover itself with glory, and it wasn't until 1962 that NASA dared put an astronaut atop one. The heat shield worked, though, and the capsule is now in the National Air and Space Museum.