Astrogeology Science Center

New Name for a Dorsa on Mars

27 July 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Aeolis Dorsa for the Martian feature located at 5.0S, 152.6E. For more information, see the map of MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

USGS Scientist, Justin Hagerty, honored by President Obama

24 July 2012

Dr. Justin Hagerty, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was named one of President Obama's recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the… Read More

New Name for a Chasma on Venus

20 July 2012

The southern segment of Devana Chasma on Venus has been renamed Rona Chasma. For more information, see the maps of V-29 and V-41 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for a Crater and a Colles on Mars

20 July 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Lederberg for the Martian crater located at 13N, 314E and Ulysses Colles for the colles at 6.1N, 236.9E. For more information, see the maps of MC-9 (for Ulysses Colles) and MC-10 (for Lederberg) in… Read More

Mars Odyssey Release 40

16 July 2012

July 16, 2012: The 40th Mars Odyssey release has occurred. The data may be accessed at the online data volumes and via the Image Atlas. These data are accumulating.

Martian Crater Named Moanda

5 July 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Moanda for the Martian crater located at 35.93S, 320.0E. For more information, see the map of MC-26 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names Approved for Twelve Small Lunar Craters

15 June 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved 12 new names for small craters on the Moon: Albert, Borya, Gena, Igor, Kolya, Kostya, Leonid, Nikolya, Slava, Valera, Vasya, and Vitya. For details, see the map of LAC 24 and the Lunokhod-1 traverse map in the Gazetteer of… Read More

Coordinates of Named Lunar Features Now Available in LOLA Reference Frame

4 June 2012

In 2012, coordinates of the named features in the lunar portion of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature were updated. Previous coordinates were based on maps using the Unified Lunar Control Network… Read More

Three New Names Approved for Features on Mars

16 May 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Aeolis Mons, Aeolis Palus, and Robert Sharp. For more information, see the maps of MC-22 and MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names Approved for Asteroid (2867) Steins

11 May 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 23 craters and one regio on asteroid (2867) Steins. For details, see the list of Steins feature names and the image of Steins in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.