India’s space enthusiast wins NASA contest; names a Mercury crater – Enheduanna

India’s space enthusiast wins NASA contest; names a Mercury crater – Enheduanna

Enheduanna – the first known poet and author, is a princess of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Kuwait).

An Indian, Gagan Toor, has been selected as one among the 5 winners of a NASA contest, for his suggested name – Enheduanna, by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Enheduanna – the first known poet and author, is a princess of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Kuwait).

The other four names selected along with Enheduanna are Carolan, Karsh, Kulthum and Rivera.

  • Turlough O’Carolan, an Irish composer in the late 16th and early 17th centuries;
  • Yousuf Karsh, an Armenian-Canadian, who was a famous portrait photographer in the 20th century;
  • Umm Kulthum, an Egyptian singer, songwriter and film actress, who was known for her work between the 1920s and the 1970s; and
  • Diego Rivera, a Mexican painter and muralist, who was active between the 1920s and 1950s.

Among the thousands of submissions of suggested names, these five names were selected for the five new craters on Mercury, by the public outreach team for the spacecraft.

The rules of the IAU state that Mercury features must be named after an artist, composer or writer who was famous for more than 50 years and died at least three years ago.

The selection of the five names was done from more than 3,600 initial submissions and a semifinal list of 17 names. The winners were announced just hours before NASA’s Messenger spacecraft was expected to crash onto the surface of Mercury, ending the probe’s four-year observation of the rocky planet.

Source: Zee News

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  1. rudreshmn says

    If the same Indian guys have suggested any Indian name, it would have got rejected.

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