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December 16, 2014
MESSENGER Team Launches "Name a Crater" Competition
The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach Team is holding a competition to name five impact craters on Mercury. The contest, open to all Earth citizens except for members of the mission's EPO team, runs from December 15, 2014, to January 15, 2015. [more]

Competition to Name Mercury Craters

In celebration of MESSENGER's many achievements, a competition is underway that is soliciting recommendations for names for a few Mercury craters. Visit the competition website to learn more, and get your entry in by January 15, 2015!

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December 19, 2014
The Gazelle
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Sinan Wave
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