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Statio Shiv Shakti

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH


Context: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved the name ‘Statio Shiv Shakti’ for the landing site of Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander.

  • The name ‘Statio Shiv Shakti’ reflects the duality of nature in Indian mythology, representing both masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) aspects.
  • This name aligns with IAU’s guidelines, which prohibit names with political, military, or religious significance.

The IAU, responsible for assigning names to planetary surface features, follows specific rules and conventions for naming.