Astrogeology Science Center

Starting and Ending Latitudes and Longitudes

1 June 2006

The starting and ending latitudes and longitudes for the named features on Venus, Mars, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are now available on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. These coordinates can be viewed by displaying the table of features for a body and then selecting "Show All… Read More

New names on Olympus Mons Mars

27 April 2006

Names for two craters on Olympus Mons have been provisionally approved by the IAU. The names are Karzok and Pangboche and they can be seen on the MC-9 image from the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names for the Columbia astronauts provisionally approved

23 March 2006

Names for seven craters in the Apollo basin on the Moon have been provisionally approved by the International Astronomical Union to honor the seven Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. The names can be seen in the list of lunar crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.The names… Read More

Change to IAU rule

20 March 2006

Rule number 3 on page http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/rules.html has been amended to better describe the circumstances under which planetary features are named.