Astrogeology Science Center

New Name Approved for Martian Vallis

3 January 2012

The name Havel Vallis has been approved for the Martian vallis located at 1.0N, 302.5E. For more information, see the web page for Havel Vallis and the map of MC-10 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Fourteen More Names Approved for Surface Features on Vesta

27 December 2011

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven craters, two fossae, one tholus, one terra, one planitia, and two rup─ôs on Vesta. For details, see thelist of Vesta feature names and the image of Vesta in theGazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Coordinates… Read More

Two New Names Approved for Craters on Titan

23 December 2011

The names Hano and Momoy have been approved for craters on Titan. For more information, see the Titan page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Montes and Undae on Titan

5 December 2011

The names of six montes (Angmar, Dolmed, Echoriath, Gram, Merlock, and Rerir Montes) and four undae (Boreas, Eurus, Notus, and Zephyrus Undae) have been approved for Titan. For details, see the list of Titan feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Majuro

28 November 2011

The name Majuro has been approved for the Martian crater located at 33.3S, 84.3E. For more information, see the database information and the map of MC-28 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names for Vesta Approved

3 October 2011

The names of fourteen craters and one tholus have been approved for Vesta. For details, see the list of Vesta feature names in theGazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Coordinates for these names are in a system used by the Dawn Team.

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.