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New Name for a Palus on Mars

Monday, July 8, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hadriacus Palus for a small plain on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Pluto's Moons P4 and P5

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The IAU has approved the names Kerberos for Pluto's moon formerly known as P4, and Styx for Pluto's moon formerly known as P5. For detailed information about this naming, see the IAU press release. For more information about Kerberos and Styx and other moons and planets in our Solar System, see the Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Craters on Mars

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two craters on Mars: Blunck and Gringauz. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Crater on Mercury

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Fuller for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Valley System on Mars

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Bashkaus Valles for a valley system on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Nine New Names Approved for Craters on Mercury

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: Bechet, Damer, David, Erté, Larrocha, Laxness, Monk, Rikyū, and Varma. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Crater on Mercury

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Duccio for a crater on MercuryFor more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Ten Rupes on Mercury

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for ten rupēs on Mercury: Alvin Rupes, Belgica Rupes, Calypso Rupes, Carnegie Rupes, Duyfken Rupes, Eltanin Rupes, Enterprise Rupes, Nautilus Rupes, Palmer Rupes, and Terror RupesFor more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Seven Craters on Mars

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for seven craters on Mars: Asau, Gunjur, Kalba, Neves, Obock, Quthing, and Wafra. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Craters on Mars

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two craters on Mars: Roddy and Luba. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Lacus on Titan

Friday, May 24, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Ladoga Lacus for a lacus on Titan. For more information, see the image of the north pole region of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Craters on Mars

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two craters on Mars: Muara and Tarrafal. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Five Valles on Mercury

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for five valles on Mercury: Angkor Vallis, Cahokia Vallis, Caral Vallis, Paestum Vallis, and Timgad Vallis. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name Approved for a Vallis on Mars

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Farah Vallis for a valley on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Changes to Valles and Catenae on Mercury

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved some changes for Mercury nomenclature. Arecibo Vallis has been changed to Arecibo Catena, Goldstone Vallis has been changed to Goldstone Catena, Haystack Vallis has been changed to Haystack Catena, and Simeiz Vallis has been dropped. The theme for catenae on Mercury is "Radio telescope facilities," and the theme for valles is "Abandoned cities (or towns or settlements) of antiquity." For more information, see the feature categories in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.