NRI wins NASA contest to name Mercury crater

Enheduanna, the name suggested by Indian space enthusiast Gagan Toor is one of the winners of a NASA contest to name five new craters on Mercury.

Enheduanna is a princess of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Kuwait), and she is the first known poet and author.

The names were selected by the public outreach team for the spacecraft out of thousands of submissions to an open competition.

The new crater names have been approved by the International Astronomical Union. The rules of the contest stated that Mercury features must be named after an artist, composer or writer who was famous for more than 50 years and died at least three years ago.

The selection was made from over 3,600 initial submissions and a semifinal list of 17 names.