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How Thakur got its name.

I read with interest the article "Other side of Mercury" (SN: 11/8/08, p. 8). In the article Ron Cowen mentions a crater named Thakur. This is a Bengali word, and I would appreciate if you can tell me some details about how this crater came to be named.

Madan Mukhopadhyay, Bakersfield, Calif.

According to planetary scientist Sean Solomon of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., the name Thakur was chosen in the 1970s after images of Mercury were taken by the Mariner 10 craft. Mark Robinson of Arizona State University in Tempe provides more details: Craters are named for deceased artists, musicians, painters and authors who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their fields and have been recognized as historically significant figures for more than 50 years. According to the website planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov, this crater is named for a Bengalese poet, novelist and Nobel laureate.--Ron Cowen
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Author:Mukhopadhyay, Madan; Cowen, Ron
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 20, 2008
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