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Mercury crater named after John Lennon

Washington, Dec. 20 : The International Astronomical Union has approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to assign Jon Lennon's name to an impact craters on Mercury.


Along with Lennon, nine others eminent personalities in their fields have been given this honor.

The craters have been named after:

1. Barney, for Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), an American-French playwright, poet, and novelist.
2. Berlioz, for Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), a French Romantic composer known for his compositions 'Symphonie fantastique' and 'Grande messe des morts.'
3. Calder, for Alexander Calder (1898-1976), an American sculptor best known as the originator a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components that move in response to motor power or air currents.
4. Capote, for Truman Capote (1924-1984), an American author whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction include the novella 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.'
5. Caruso, for Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), an Italian tenor who sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas.
6. Ensor, for James Sidney Ensor (1860-1949), a Belgian painter and printmaker, considered an important influence on expressionism and surrealism.
7. Giambologna, for Jean Boulogne Giambologna (1529-1608), a Dutch sculptor known for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style.
8. Lennon, for John Lennon (1940-1980), an English songwriter, musician, and singer who rose to worldwide fame as a founding member of the Beatles.
9. Remarque, for Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970), a German author best known for his novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front.'
10. Vieira da Silva, for Maria Elena Vieira da Silva (1908-1992), a Portuguese-born French painter of intricate, semiabstract compositions.

--ANI (Posted on 20-12-2013)

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