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Six New Regio Names Approved for Europa

Friday, May 11, 2007

The following regio names have been approved for use on Europa: Annwn Regio, Balgatan Regio, Dyfed Regio, Falga Regio, Powys Regio, and Tara Regio. For more information about these names and the features to which they have been applied, see the Europa map on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site.

Name Approved for Martian Crater

Friday, May 11, 2007

The name Sinton has been approved for the 65 km Martian crater located at 40.7N, 31.6E. To see a map that shows this feature, visit the map of Martian quadrangle MC-5 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two New Names Approved for Use on Venus

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The names Copacati Mons and Urash Corona have been approved for use on Venus. Please see the image of Venus quadrangle V-17 and the feature lists in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

NASA's Next Mars Lander Heads for Florida

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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Artist's concept of Phoenix lander. Image credit: NASA/JPL
A U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft carried NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft Monday, May 7, from Colorado to Florida, where Phoenix will start a much longer trip in August.

After launch, Phoenix will land on a Martian arctic plain next spring. It will use a robotic digging arm and other instruments to determine whether the soil environment just beneath the surface could have been a favorable habitat for microbial life. Studies from orbit suggest that within arm's reach of the surface, the soil holds frozen water.

More: NASA Mission News - NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Crosses the Mississippi

Cassini searching for seas on Titan

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Cassini to Confirm if 'Caspian Sea' is Liquid-Filled

For Cassini's next flyby of Titan on May 12, 2007, the radar instrument was originally pointing north of where it is now pointed. Due to the discovery of probable large seas on Titan, Cassini's quick-thinking team repointed the radar instrument south, so it could fly over a large, expansive dark area dubbed the "Caspian Sea." This flyby will confirm whether it is liquid-filled. This area on Titan's north pole stretches 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and is only slightly smaller than Earth's Caspian Sea.

The presence of seas on Titan reinforces the idea that Titan's surface must be re-supplying methane to its atmosphere.

More: NASA Cassini-Huygens Mission - Titan Flyby, May 12, 2007

Fantastic images of Jupiter captured by New Horizons

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

This amazing color portrait of Jupiter’s “Little Red Spot” (LRS) combines high-resolution images from the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

May 1, 2007, NASA released stunning new images of Jupiter and its moons taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. Views include a movie of a volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io; a nighttime shot of auroras and lava on Io; a color photo of the "Little Red Spot" churning in Jupiter's cloudtops; images of small moons herding dust and boulders through Jupiter's faint rings--and much more!

More: Science@NASA - Fantastic Flyby

More: New Horizons Mission Gallery

New Release: Clementine NIR Full-Resolution Lunar Mosaic (V. 0.1)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

We are pleased to announce the availability of a full-resolution version of the Clementine near-infrared (NIR) lunar mosaic. Processed to 100 m/pixel spatial resolution, a PDS-compliant image cube version (with detached ISIS labels) of this 6-band (1100 to 2780 nm) multispectral mosaic can be viewed or downloaded via FTP from the PDS Imaging Node's FTP site. This Preliminary Release (V. 0.1) of the full-resolution mosaic marks the beginning of the review process by PDS peer reviewers. Users of these data should keep in mind that this version remains subject to revision pending the outcome of this review process.

These full-resolution data are compatible with the previous PDS Clementine UVVIS 'Full Resolution Digital Image Model' available through PDS Map-a-Planet and the PDS Planetary Image Atlas. Once finalized, these multispectral data will also be available through these Web sites.

See documentation on the FTP site for more details.

Download the data from the PDS Imaging Node's FTP site (

  • Server:
  • User: anonymous
  • Password: your e-mail address
  • Directory: /cdroms/clementine/Clem_NIR_V0.1/

Visit our Clementine Near-Infrared Global Map page for more lunar images and information!