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New Names for Features on Mercury
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New Names for Features on Mercury

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recently approved new names for features on Mercury that were all seen for the first time in images taken by MESSENGER during the spacecraft's first flyby of the planet. (Visit the U.S. Geological Survey website, the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, to learn about all of the named planetary features in the solar system.)

This image, produced by mosaicking many Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) images together, shows the locations of the newly named features, along with the craters Basho, Mozart and Tolstoj, first seen by the Mariner 10 mission. Close-up views of many of these features are available in the MESSENGER website image gallery.

Last Update: 11 Jul 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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Last Updated: 11 Jul 2011