Astrogeology Science Center

Changes to Venus Nomenclature

9 December 2009

The name Mnemosyne Regio has been dropped, and the name Metis Regio has been changed to Metis Mons. For more information, see the Venus section of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Corona on Venus

9 December 2009

The name Azham Corona has been approved for the corona located at 66.4N, 252.7E. For more information, see the list of Venus corona names and the map of Venus quadrangle V-6 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Matara

30 November 2009

The name Matara has been approved for the martian crater located at 49.62S, 325.48W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Six Names Approved for Martian Craters

25 November 2009

Six new names have been approved for Martian craters: Horowitz, Kamnik, Kandi, Pursat, Roseau, and Yaren. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Seventeen New Names Approved for Craters on Enceladus

17 November 2009

The following new names have been approved by the IAU for craters on Enceladus: Ajib, Bahman, Harun, Hisham, Ishak, Ja'afar, Kamar, Kasim, Ma'aruf, Masrur, Morgiana, Mustafa, Parwez, Perizadah, Sabur, Yunan, and Zaynab. For more information, see the list of Enceladus crater names and the… Read More

Jupiter L Named Herse

9 November 2009

The name Herse has been approved for Juipter L. Herse is a daughter of Zeus and divine moon (Selene). For more information, see the "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Leighton

3 November 2009

The name Leighton has been approved for the martian crater located at 3.0N, 302.3W. For more information, see the list of Martian feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Small Craters on Venus

3 November 2009

Two new names have been approved for small craters on Venus: Alina and Amelia. For more information, see the list of Venus crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

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