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Two New Names Approved for Martian Features

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Two new names have been approved for use on Mars. The name Gasa has been applied to a small crater located at 35.68S, 230.72W (see the MC-29 map), and the name Ismenius Cavus has been approved for the feature at 33.84N, 343.0W (see the MC-5 map). For more information, see the list of Martian feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name, Descriptor Term, and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The descripter term planitia has been approved for use on Titan with the theme "Names of planets from the Dune series of science fiction novels by American author Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)." The first planitia name on Titan has also been approved; Chusuk Planitia is located at 5.0S, 23.5W. For more information, see the list of Titan planitia names and the Titan images showing named features in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.