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New Name Chryse Chaos and New Boundaries for Simud Valles on Mars

Monday, March 31, 2008

The IAU has approved a new name for a chaos feature, and defined new coordinates for a valles on Mars.

The name Chryse Chaos has been approved for the chaos feature located at 10.4N, 36.7W. The name Simud Vallis has been changed to the plural form of the descriptor term, Simud Valles, and the coordinates of the feature have been changed. Please see the listings in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature and the map of Mars quadrangle MC-11 for details.

New Names Approved for Dione

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The IAU has approved 45 new names for surface features on Dione, including 34 craters, 3 catenae, 3 chasmata, 1 dorsa, and 4 fossae. Please see the list of Dione names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

The following five changes to existing names were also approved:

Amata was moved to a smaller, well-defined crater.

Carthage Linea was changed to Carthage Fossae.

Cassandra was moved to a smaller, well-defined crater.

Padua Linea was changed to Padua Chasmata.

The length of Palatine Chasmata was amended and the descriptor term was changed to the plural form.

New Corona Name Approved for Venus

Friday, March 14, 2008

The name Minona Corona has been approved for the corona located at 23.5N, 218.5E. Please see the list of Venus feature names and the map of Venus quadrangle V-27 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.