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Naming moon's features created 'Ocean of Storms'
Author and Affiliation:
El-Baz, F.(National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., United States)
Abstract: The naming of lunar features from the time Galileo first viewed the moon through a telescope to the period of spaceborne lunar exploration is surveyed. Attention is given to Galileo's designation of terrae (highlands) and maria, and the 1651 scheme of Riccioli, which is responsible for the attributive names of maria and the commemoration of famous philosophers and astronomers by major craters. The standardization of lunar nomenclature by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1932 is noted, and the naming of far-side features discovered by the Luna 3 and Lunar Orbiter spacecraft by their respective nations is discussed. The designation of small features during the planning of the Apollo moon landings is explained, and the formalization of operational lunar designations and the names of surface features of Mercury, Venus and Mars and its moons are considered.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1979
Document ID:
19790066211
(Acquired Dec 01, 1995)
Accession Number: 79A50224
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication Information: Smithsonian; 9; Jan. 197
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NSG-7006
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: National Air and Space Museum; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 6p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: LUNAR SURFACE; MOON; NOMENCLATURES; APOLLO LUNAR EXPERIMENT MODULE; LUNAR MARIA; LUNAR ORBITER; MARS (PLANET); MERCURY (PLANET); STANDARDIZATION; VENUS (PLANET)
Imprint And Other Notes: Smithsonian, vol. 9, Jan. 1979, p. 96-98, 100, 102, 104.
Miscellaneous Notes: p. 96-98, 100, 102, 104
Availability Source: Other Sources
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