Astrogeology Science Center

Six New Names Approved for Venus Surface Features

4 September 2009

Six new names have been approved for use on Venus: Fulgora Dorsa, Heloha Fluctus, Sarasvati Mons, Akka Tholus, Eirene Tholus, and Yansa Tholus. All six of these features can be seen on the Venus map V-1. For more information, see the list of Venus feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Two New Names Approved for Martian Features

6 August 2009

Two new names have been approved for use on Mars. The name Gasa has been applied to a small crater located at 35.68S, 230.72W (see the MC-29 map), and the name Ismenius Cavus has been approved for the feature at 33.84N, 343.0W (see the MC-5 map). For more information, see the list of Martian… Read More

New Name Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

4 August 2009

The descripter term planitia has been approved for use on Titan with the theme "Names of planets from the Dune series of science fiction novels by American author Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)." The first planitia name on Titan has also been approved; Chusuk Planitia is located at 5.0S, 23.5W. For… Read More

Euclides D Reinstated for Lunar Crater Formerly Named Eppinger

13 July 2009

The name Euclides D has been officially reinstated for the lunar crater formerly named Eppinger. The 6 km crater is located at 9.4S, 25.7W, on lunar map LAC 76. For more information, see the list of satellite features (lettered craters) in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sixteen Names Approved for Craters on Mercury

9 July 2009

The following names have been approved for craters on Mercury: Abedin, Benoit, Berkel, Calvino, de Graft, Derain, Eastman, Gibran, Hemingway, Hodgkins, Izquierdo, Kunisada, Lange, Matabei, Munk芍csy, and To Ngoc Van. For more information, see the list of Mercury crater names in the Gazetteer… Read More

New Name Approved for a Mons on Mars

6 July 2009

The name Syria Mons has been approved for the Martian mons located at 13.9S, 104.3W. For more information, see the list of Martian mons names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Four New Names for Martian Surface Features

1 July 2009

Three new crater names (Canillo, Doba, and Ehden) and one new planum name (Nepenthes Planum) have been approved for use on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-14 and the list of Martian feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Regio Name Approved for Titan

7 May 2009

The name Hotei Regio has been approved for the region at 26.0S, 78.0W on Titan. Hotei Arcus forms the southern margin of Hotei Regio. For more information, see the list of regio names on Titan and the Titan VIMS mosaic in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Saturnian Satellite Named Aegaeon

5 May 2009

The name Aegaeon has been approved for Saturn LIII. Aegaeon is a hundred-armed giant, called Briareus by the gods. For more information, see the "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Asimov

4 May 2009

The name Asimov has been approved for the Martian crater located at 47.0S, 355.0W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.