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First Features Named on Asteroid Itokawa

Friday, July 21, 2006

The IAU has provisionally approved names for three features on Itokawa. The names are MUSES-C Regio, Sagamihara Regio, and Uchinoura Regio. Please visit the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for details.

New Names on Venus

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The following names have been provisionally approved by the IAU for features on Venus. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Chanum Coronae

Witte Patera

Azimua Tholi

Otohime Tholus

The name Oanuava Corona has been changed to the plural form Oanuava Coronae.

New Name on Mars

Friday, July 7, 2006

The name Ganges Chaos has been provisionally approved for use on Mars. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information about this name and an image showing the feature.