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Features on Saturn's Moon Phoebe Get Names

Phobeian Explorers
Phoebian Explorers 1


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has provisionally assigned names to craters on Saturn's moon Phoebe. These newly identified craters are named for the Argonauts, explorers of Greek mythology who sought the golden fleece. Argo was the name of their ship. Like many of the other moons of Saturn, Phoebe takes its name from the Titans of Greek mythology.

USGS Astrogeology maintains the official list of planetary feature names for the IAU, called the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Additionally, we are active on several IAU working and task groups.

More: USGS Astro - Phoebe's Craters on the Official Gazeteer of Planetary Nomenclature view the complete list of craters and the origin of each name

Image: NASA/JPL - Phoebian Explorers 1 (PIA06117)

Image: NASA/JPL - Phoebian Explorers 2 (PIA06118)

Link: Wikipedia - Jason and the Argonauts