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Astronomer Brad Smith says Mars' Mount Sharp Not Really Called That

NASA scientists are preparing the robotic rover Curiosity to begin exploring the surface of Mars.

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Earlier this week, the craft landed on the red planet, in Gale Crater near a peak some have called Mount Sharp.

Astronomer Brad Smith, of the International Astronomical Union, explains to anchor Lisa Mullins how geographical features on Mars are named.

Smith also talks about why "Mount Sharp"—near where NASA's rover Curiosity landed – is not an official moniker.

The mountain at the center of Gale Crater is called "Aeolis Mons."

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    Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) on the Martian horizon. (Photo: NASA)

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    Activity lead Bobak Ferdowsi, who cuts his hair differently for each mission, works inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California August 5, 2012. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover is set to land on Mars in the late evening of August 5, 2012. The Mars rover Curiosity, on a quest for signs the Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life, streaked into the home stretch of its eight-month voyage on Sunday nearing a make-or-break landing attempt that NASA calls one of the toughest feats of robotic spaceflight. REUTERS/Brian van der Brug/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)