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New Valles Name on Mars

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The name Morava Valles has been approved for the system of valleys located at 13.4S, 24.4W. For more information, see the list of Martian vallis names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Small Martian Crater

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The name Heimdal has been approved for a small Martian crater near the Phoenix landing site. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Six New Crater Names Approved for Mimas

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The names Dagonet, Lucas, Marhaus, Melyodas, Nero, and Royns have been approved for six craters on Mimas. For more information, see the list of Mimas crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

(136472) 2005 FY9 Named Makemake

Monday, July 14, 2008

The name Makemake has been approved for the transneptunian dwarf planet (136472) 2005 FY9. Makemake is a creator god of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). For more information, see the page "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, and the IAU press release.

Four New Crater Names Approved for use on Mars

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The names Corinto, Naryn, Thila, and Wiltz have been approved for four craters on Mars. Please see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.