Mercury Crater-Naming Contest Winners Announced

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The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team, concurrent by Carnegie Science, announces a winning names from a foe  to name 5 impact craters on Mercury. The foe submissions had to be submitted by Jan 15, 2015, and a International Astronomical Union (IAU)—the ruling physique of heavenly and satellite nomenclature given 1919—made a selections from a semi-final acquiescence of 17 artists’ names. The newly comparison void names are Carolan, Enheduanna, Karsh, Kulthum, and  Rivera.


Under IAU rules, all new craters on Mercury contingency be named after an artist, composer, or author who was famous for some-more than 50 years and has been passed for some-more than 3 years. Turlough O’Carolan (Carolan) was an Irish composer during a late 1600s and early 1700s. Enheduanna, an Akkadian princess who lived in a Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq and Kuwait), is regarded by many scholars as presumably a beginning famous author and poet. Yousuf Karsh was an Armenian/Canadian and one of a biggest mural photographers of a twentieth century. Umm Kulthum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film singer of a 1920s to a 1970s; and Diego Rivera was a distinguished Mexican painter and muralist from a 1920s to a 50s.

NASA’s MESSENGER booster has been in circuit about Mercury given Mar 2011 and is due to finally impact a world tomorrow. The MESSENGER booster has distant surpassed expectations in a generation of a idea and in a apportion and peculiarity of information returned. The strange idea of a qualification was to take 2,500 images of a planet, though is has returned some-more than 250,000. The EPO organisation orderly a crater-naming foe to applaud a mission’s achievements.

The winners come from many opposite countries. Carolan was suggested by Fergal Donnelly (Belgium); Joseph Brusseau (USA); and Deane Morrison (USA). Enheduanna was submitted by Gagan Toor (India). Karsh was submitted by Elizabeth Freeman Rosenzweig (USA). Kulthum was suggested by Malouk Ba-Isa (Saudi Arabia); Riana Rakotoarimanan (Switzerland); Yehya Hassouna (USA); David Suttles (USA); Thorayya Said Giovanelli (USA); and Matt Giovanelli (USA). Rivera was suggested by Ricardo Martinez (Mexico); Rebecca Hare (USA); Arturo Gutierrez (Mexico); and José Martinez (USA).

Julie Edmonds, a EPO organisation personality during a Carnegie Institution for Science, remarked, “The IAU operative organisation that chose a names was really happy with a submissions. In all we had 3,600 foe entries, a resounding success for a fad that a MESSENGER idea to Mercury has generated.” For some-more informtation see this link

Source: Carnegie