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Martian Crater Named Tivoli

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The name Tivoli has been approved for the Martian crater located at 14.3S, 259.18W. For more information, see the database information and the map of MC-22 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Vaduz

Monday, August 23, 2010

The name Vaduz has been approved for the Martian crater located at 38.25N, 344.29W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names and the map of MC-5 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Milna

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The name Milna has been approved for the Martian crater located at 23.46S, 12.31W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names and the map of MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Cartographic Reference Ellipsoids

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bodies that are defined by the IAU as triaxial ellipsoids are now being treated correctly as spheres in the database (and GIS downloads). For more information, see the cartographic reference ellipsoids listed on the target coordinate systems page.

Thirteen New Names Approved for Rhea Surface Features

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thirteen new names have been approved for features on Rhea, including 1 crater, 5 catenae, 5 chasmata, and 2 fossae. The descriptor terms and spellings of 2 approved names have also been changed; Kun Lun Chasma was changed to Kunlun Linea, and Pu Chou Chasma was changed to Puchou Catenae. For more information, see the list of Rhea feature names and the map of Rhea in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three New Names Approved for the Moon

Monday, August 2, 2010

The names Bi Sheng, Cai Lun, and Zhang Yuzhe have been approved for features on the Moon. For more information, see the list of lunar surface features and the maps of the Moon in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.