Image: Carl Sagan and Gerry Soffen sharing their passion for Mars. Photo Credit Hans-Peter Biemann
Editor's note: The USGS recently announced the names of 31 craters on the planet Mars. Among them is a crater name in honor of the late NASA astrobiologist Gerrald (Gerry) Soffen.
Names Approved for 31 Craters on Mars [Source: USGS Astrogeology Hot Topics]
The following names for 31 craters on Mars have been approved by the IAU: Ada, Alamos, Beruri, Bopolu, Cefalù, Chupadero, Dulovo, Elorza, Grindavik, Hargraves, Hashir, Iazu, Jörn, Kontum, Lismore, Makhambet, Martin, Mazamba, Nakusp, Ohara, Pebas, Runanga, Sefadu, Shardi, Soffen, Taytay, Uzer, Woking, Xainza, Yalgoo, and Zarand. For more information about these names, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
P SA Name CLAT CLON SLAT ELAT SLON ELON DIAM CT ET QUAD MAP AS AD REF FT Origin M M Soffen 23.7S 219.2W 23.2S 24.2S 218.7W 219.8W 60.1 NA US MC-23 I-2578 5 2006-09-14 0 AA Gerald A.; American astrobiologist (1926-2000). M ME Soffen 23.5S 140.8E 23.0S 24.0S 141.3E 140.2E 60.1 NA US MC-23 I-2578 5 2006-09-14 0 AA Gerald A.; American astrobiologist (1926-2000).
A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Gerald A. Soffen, NASA Academy