After much deliberation, the MESSENGER team and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) are happy to announce the new names for the craters:
Rivera crater named for Diego Rivera, a prominent Mexican painter and muralist from the 1920s to the 1950s -submitted by Ricardo Martinez (Mexico); Rebecca Hare (USA); Arturo Gutierrez (Mexico); and Jose Martinez (USA)
Kulthum crater named for Umm Kulthum, an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress of the 1920s to the 1970s -submitted by Moluk Ba-Isa (Saudi Arabia); Riana Rakotoarimanana (Switzerland); Yehya Hassouna (USA); David Suttles (USA); Thorayya Said Giovannelli (USA); and Matt Giovannelli (USA)
Enheduanna crater named for Eneduana, an Akkadian princess who lived in the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). Regarded by many scholars as possibly the earliest known author and poet -submitted by Gagan Toor (India)
Karsh crater named for Yousuf Karsh, an Armenian/Canadian and one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century -submitted by Elizabeth Freeman Rosenzweig (USA)
Carolan crater named for Turlough O’Carolan, an Irish composer during the late 1600s and early 1700s.-submitted by Fergal Donnelly (Belgium); Joseph Brusseau (USA); and Deane Morrison (USA)
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