Astrogeology Science Center

Mars Odyssey Release 40

16 July 2012

July 16, 2012: The 40th Mars Odyssey release has occurred. The data may be accessed at the online data volumes and via the Image Atlas. These data are accumulating.

Coordinates of Named Lunar Features Now Available in LOLA Reference Frame

4 June 2012

In 2012, coordinates of the named features in the lunar portion of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature were updated. Previous coordinates were based on maps using the Unified Lunar Control Network… Read More

Three New Names Approved for Features on Mars

16 May 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Aeolis Mons, Aeolis Palus, and Robert Sharp. For more information, see the maps of MC-22 and MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names Approved for Asteroid (2867) Steins

11 May 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 23 craters and one regio on asteroid (2867) Steins. For details, see the list of Steins feature names and the image of Steins in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for 23 Craters on Mercury

24 April 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved 23 new names for craters on Mercury. For details, see the list of Mercury feature names and the images of Mercury in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Small Lunar Crater Named Lev

29 March 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Lev for the small lunar crater located at 12.7N, 62.2E. For more information, see the map of LAC 62 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Keren

28 March 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Keren for the Martian crater located at 20.98N, 337.5E. For more information, see the map of MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Geologic Map of Io

22 March 2012

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center helped  complete the first geologic map of Jupiter's moon, Io. For more information see the USGS newsroom article.

Martian Crater Named Domoni

7 March 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Domoni for the Martian crater located at 51.38N, 234.39E. For more information, see the map of MC-2 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mercury Crater Named Stieglitz

28 February 2012

The name Stieglitz has been approved for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the map of Mercury quadrangle H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.