Astrogeology Science Center

Four New Names Approved for use on Mars

29 September 2011

The names Corozal, Palikir, Raga, and Tivat have been approved for use on Mars. For more information, see the maps of Mars in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Longitude Defining Crater on Lutetia Named Lauriacum

2 September 2011

The name Lauriacum has been approved for the small crater that defines zero degrees longitude on asteroid (21) Lutetia. For more information, see the Lutetia page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mars Feature Coordinates Updated to MDIM 2.1

11 August 2011

The Mars portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now defaults to a new set of coordinates; all of the Martian features now match the Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) 2.1 control network. In late 2010, the coordinates of the named craters in the Martian portion of the nomenclature… Read More

Four New Names Approved for Phobos

28 July 2011

Names for two craters (Öpik and Shklovsky), one planitia (Lagado Planitia), and one regio (Laputa Regio) have been approved for use on Phobos. For more information, see the Phobos page and the map of Phobos in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three New Names for Features on Mars and Changes to an Approved Name

14 June 2011

The names Lipany, Oenotria Plana, and Zarqa Valles have been approved for use on Mars. The name Oenotria Scopulus has been changed to the plural form, Oenotria Scopuli, to accomodate the addition of several scarps to this feature. For more information, see the maps of MC-13 and MC-21 in the… Read More

Martian Crater Named Dogana

19 April 2011

The name Dogana has been approved for the Martian crater located at 10.0S, 306.35E. For more information, see the database information and the map of MC-18 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three New Lacus Names Approved on Titan

7 April 2011

Three new lacus names (Cardiel Lacus, Freeman Lacus, and Towada Lacus) have been approved for use on Titan. For more information, see the Titan page and the map of the north polar region of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for 36 Features on Lutetia

5 April 2011

Names for 18 craters, 1 dorsum, 2 fossae, 3 labēs, 8 regiones, 2 rimae, and 2 rupēs have been approved on asteroid (21) Lutetia. For more information, see the Lutetia page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

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