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The IAU has approved the name Rembrandt for the 720 km wide Mercury crater located at 33.2S, 271.8W.
The crater is named after Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, a Dutch painter (b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam).

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New false-colour pictures of the heavily-cratered surface of Mercury taken by NASA's Messenger spacecraft.
Messenger aims to map the entire surface of Mercury over the next decade.


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3D Mercury crater

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Beagle Rupes is a fault scarp, a cliff created by a fault line. It cuts right across the crater Sveinsdóttir, an elongated impact probably due to a very low-angle collision by an asteroid or comet on the planet's surface. The crater is 600 km long.

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Second Group of Mercury Craters Named
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recently approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to name 15 craters on Mercury. All of the newly named craters were imaged during the missions first flyby of the solar systems innermost planet in January 2008.
The IAU has been the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the craters are named after famous deceased artists, musicians, or authors.


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When the Messenger spacecraft begins orbiting Mercury in March 2011, it will look down on "Nawahi Crater."
A little smaller than Kauai, the crater is named for Kaho'oluhi Nawahi, also known as Joseph Kaho'oluhi Nawahiokalaniopuu.
The self-taught artist from Puna, who died in 1896 at age 54, was known as a Renaissance man with many talents and interests from art, law and teaching to newspaper publishing.

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Fifteen new Mercury crater names and for montes have been approved by the IAU.

The new crater names are:
Name LAT LON DIAM AS Origin

  Amaral    
    -26.4   242.3   106.0 5 Tarsila do; Brazilian painter (1886- 1973).
Beckett 

    -40.1   248.8    57.0 5 Clarice; Australian painter (1887-1935).
  Dali        
     45.3   240.6 175.0 5 Salvador; Spanish painter (1904-1989).
  Enwonwu       
             -9.9         238.4         38.0 5 Benedict Chukwukadibia; Nigerian sculptor and painter (1921-1994).
  Glinka    
     14.8   111.7    86.0 5 Mikhail; Russian composer (1804-1857).
  Hovnatanian -7.6   187.5   34.0 5 Hakop; Armenian painter (1806-1881).
  Moody    
          -13.1       215.4        80.0 5 Ronald; Jamaican sculptor and painter (1900-1984).
  Munch        
                40.6         207.3        54.0 5 Edvard; Norwegian painter, printmaker, and draftsman (1863-1944).
  Navoi 
     59.0 200.0 66.0 5 Alisher; Uzbek poet (1441-1501).
  Nawahi   
            36.1       214.9        34.0 5 Joseph Nawahi; Native Hawaiian painter (1842-1896).
  Oskison
         60.6    215.3  120.0 5 John Milton; Cherokee author (1874-1947).
Poe             
                44.0        201.2        75.0 5 Edgar Allan; American poet, critic, editor and author (1809-1849).
  Qi Baishi
      -4.2   196.0   15.0 5 Qi Baishi; Chinese painter (1864-1957).
  Raden Saleh
    2.2    201.3     25.0 5 Raden Saleh; Javanese painter (1807-1880).
  Sher-Gil
   -45.1 225.5  73.0 5 Amrita; Indian painter (1913-1941).

An amended theme for montes on Mercury has been amended to the word for "hot" in various languages.

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MESSENGER Reveals More "Hidden" Territory on Mercury
Gliding over the battered surface of Mercury for the second time this year, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has revealed even more previously unseen real estate on the innermost planet, sending home hundreds of photos and measurements of its surface, atmosphere, and magnetic field.
The probe flew by Mercury shortly after 4:40 a.m. EDT on October 6, 2008, completing a critical gravity assist to keep it on course to orbit Mercury in 2011 and unveiling 30 percent of Mercury's surface never before seen by spacecraft.


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Revealing Mercurys Diverse Color Variations
2008-10-30

A Close-Up View of Mercury's Colors
2008-10-30

First Detection of Magnesium in Mercurys Exosphere
2008-10-30

MESSENGER Explores Interactions between Mercurys Magnetosphere and the Solar Wind
2008-10-30

Comparing Mercurys Exosphere between Two Flybys
2008-10-30

Mercury in Color!
2008-10-29

Mercurys Topography from the Second Flyby
2008-10-29

Magnetometer Results from MESSENGERs Second Mercury Encounter
2008-10-29


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MESSENGERs Enhanced Coverage of Mercurys Surface
2008-10-29

First Simultaneous Measurements of Sodium and Calcium in Mercurys Exosphere
2008-10-29

At the Edge of a World
2008-10-28

Volcanic Plains on Mercury
2008-10-27

Looking Toward Mercurys North Pole
2008-10-24

Gazing into the Mariner 10 Gore
2008-10-23

A View to the South from the Other Side of Mercury
2008-10-22

The Highest-resolution Image from MESSENGERs Second Mercury Flyby
2008-10-21


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