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Indian wins NASA contest to name Mercury crater

WASHINGTON, May 14 — Enheduanna, the name suggested by an Indian space enthusiast, is one of the winners of a NASA contest to name five new craters on Mercury.

The five winning names for the craters are: Enheduanna, Carolan, Karsh, Kulthum and Rivera.

Enheduanna, suggested by Gagan Toor from India, is a princess of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Kuwait). She is the first known poet and author.

The names were selected by the public outreach team for the spacecraft out of thousands of submissions to an open competition that closed in January, 'Space.com' reported.

The new crater names have been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

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.

Anyone in the world could make entries, up to January 15 this year. (PNA/PTI)

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