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International Astronomical Union Approves Names for Nine Mercury Craters (Released: 2012-08-09 09:31:55)

9 Aug 2012, 14:01 UTC
International Astronomical Union Approves Names for Nine Mercury Craters (Released: 2012-08-09 09:31:55)

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recently approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to assign names to nine impact craters on Mercury. The IAU has been the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the newly designated features are named after famous deceased artists, musicians, or authors or other contributors to the humanities.

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