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Names for the Columbia astronauts provisionally approved

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lunar map of craters
Lunar map of craters provisionally named for Columbia astronauts
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Names for seven craters in the Apollo basin on the Moon have been provisionally approved by the International Astronomical Union to honor the seven Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. The names can be seen in the list of lunar crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

The names are:

Husband

McCool

Chawla

L. Clark

M. Anderson

D. Brown

Ramon

Note that first initials have been used for Anderson, Brown, and Clark to distingiush them from other crater names on the Moon which honor persons with the same surnames.

Change to IAU rule

Monday, March 20, 2006

Rule number 3 on page http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/rules.html has been amended to better describe the circumstances under which planetary features are named.