NASA Invites You To Name A Crater On Mercury

2

The space agency has invited the public to vote on what the 5 craters should be called.

Play Quizzes 4

In order to celebrate 10 years of service from the agency’s MESSENGER spacecraft, NASA has asked the public to name the craters. The caveat is that the names must be related to a dead artist, writer or composer who was famous for at least half a century.

NASA’s poll: A tribute to MESSENGER

The poll will run for a month, starting December 15, and votes will be collected and counted by John Hopkins University and the Carnegie Institution for Science, before the International Astronomical Union (IAU) approves the names.

This Is What Hedge Funds Will Need To Do To Succeed In The Long Term

InvestLast year was a banner year for hedge funds in general, as the industry attracted $31 billion worth of net inflows, according to data from HFM. That total included a challenging fourth quarter, in which investors pulled more than $23 billion from hedge funds. HFM reported $12 billion in inflows for the first quarter following Read More

The IAU is responsible for the naming of space objects, and it has specified that the named writer, artist or musician must have died over 3 years ago in order to be eligible. Although you can submit your vote until January 15, results will not be announced until a few months later when the MESSENGER spacecraft is retired from service.

The MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft has been gathering data since 2004, and started to orbit the planet in 2008. The orbiter is now approaching the end of its useful life, and will crash into Mercury’s surface next spring.

Such a long and fruitful career came as a surprise to scientists, who never predicted that it would succeed in sending back over 250,000 photos of Mercury, which have enabled NASA to draw a high-resolution map of the surface of the planet.

Improving communication

The spacecraft, which is about the same size as a Volkswagen Beetle, has flown more than 8 billion miles over the past decade. MESSENGER PR chief Julie Edmonds paid tribute to the “brave little craft,” before explaining the reasoning behind the poll:

“As scientists study the incredible data returned by MESSENGER, it becomes important to give names to surface features that are of special scientific interest. Having names for landforms such as mountains, craters, and cliffs makes it easier for scientists and others to communicate.”

As well as an incredible amount of photos, MESSENGER has discovered water ice deposits at Mercury’s poles, witnessed the extraordinary electromagnetic activity in its atmosphere and measured meteor shower activity due to the comet Encke.

Updated on

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. <i>To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at theflask@gmail.com</i>
Previous article Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Coverage Initiated At ‘Market Perform’: Cowen
Next article Google Releases Most Searched Beers, Drinks, Food For 2014

No posts to display

2 COMMENTS

Comments are closed.