How Thakur got its name.
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|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Dec 20, 2008|
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