A petition to this effect, addressed to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), has been launched at

The petition says:

“David Bowie has inspired millions through his art and music.The magnitude of his influence and like-minded space headed followers and fans over the decades has brought to the fore all of the above. He has driven people to watch the stars and the night sky, to open their minds. He has immortalised himself like no other.The biggest accolade we can give back to this great man and in his memory - кename planet Mars after him. He gave us so much. A piece of the galaxy in return is just a drop in the universe.

David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday. Shortly before his death, the musician released his latest album.