NASA and Messenger scientists (from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Carnegie Institution for Science) want your help naming 5 craters on Mercury! See the press release here! The entry form is here, open until January 15th!! Check out info on the 5 craters here![tweet https://twitter.com/MESSENGER2011/status/544583515963396096]
According to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919, all new craters must be named after an artist, composer, or writer who was famous for more than 50 years and has been dead for more than three years. See the current list of named Mercury craters.
The name should not have any political, religious, or military significance. It is also essential that there be no other features in the Solar System with the same name, she said. For example, Ansel Adams is not eligible because there is a feature on the Moon with the name Adams (even though it was not named for Ansel). Participants can check their ideas against the list of named Solar System features and enter the name in the “Search by Feature Name” box in the upper-right corner.