Astrogeology Science Center

Mercury Feature Coordinates Updated to MESSENGER

7 March 2011

In late 2010, the coordinates of the named features in the Mercury portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from historical sources to values in the preliminary MESSENGER control network. The purpose of this work was to facilitate the identification of named features on… Read More

Themes Approved for Asteroid 21 Lutetia

1 March 2011

The following themes have been approved for naming surface features on asteroid (21) Lutetia: Craters: Cities of the Roman Empire and the adjacent parts of Europe at the time of Lutetia (52 BC - 360 AD) Regiones: Discoverer of Lutetia, and provinces of the Roman Empire at the time of Lutetia Other… Read More

Sixteen New Names Approved on Dione

25 February 2011

New names for 13 craters and 3 fossae have been approved for Dione. For more information, see the Dione page and the map of Dione in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Venus Nomenclature Changes

9 February 2011

Detailed geologic mapping has revealed the need to change the approved nomenclature for four features on Venus. In quadrangle V-1, Szél-anya Dorsa has been changed to Szél-anya Lineae, and Tezan Dorsa has been changed to Tezan Lineae. In quadrangle V-6, the names Lorelei and… Read More

Martian Craters Named Noord and Resen

20 January 2011

The names Noord and Resen have been approved for two small Martian craters. For more information about these features, or about planetary feature names in general, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Canala

18 January 2011

The name Canala has been approved for the Martian crater located at 24.35N, 80.0W. For more information, see the database information and the map of MC-10 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Seven Lacuna Names Approved for Use on Titan

21 December 2010

Seven names with the descriptor term lacuna have been approved for use on Titan. For more information, see the list of Titan lacunae and the map of the north polar region of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Two Coronae on Venus

16 December 2010

The names Elihino Corona and Pakoti Corona have been approved for two coronae located in Venus quadrangle V-45. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Coordinates now in MDIM 2.1

17 November 2010

In October 2010, the coordinates of the named craters in the Martian portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from the Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) 2.0 control network to values in the MDIM 2.1 control network. The purpose of this work is to facilitate the identification of… Read More

Martian Crater Coordinates now in MDIM 2.1

17 November 2010

In October 2010, the coordinates of the named craters in the Martian portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from the Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) 2.0 control network to values in the MDIM 2.1 control network. The purpose of this work is to facilitate the identification of… Read More