Astrogeology Science Center

New Name Approved for Martian Surface Feature

30 April 2007

The name Gemina Lingula has been approved for a Martian feature located in the northern hemisphere at about 82N, 5E. For more information, see the map of the Martian quadrangle MC-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Five New Names Approved for Martian Craters

16 April 2007

The names Henbury, Layla, Lonar, Maricourt, and Steinheim have been approved by the IAU for five Martian craters. Details can be found in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name Approved for Venusian Crater

4 April 2007

The name Larisa has been approved for the 3.7 km Venusian crater located at 18.47S, 131.0E. Please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Name Approved for Uranian Ring

2 April 2007

The name Zeta has been approved for Uranus ring 1986 U2R. For more information, see the page that describes ring nomenclature in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Satellite Names Approved

29 March 2007

Thirteen names for saturnian sateliites (Aegir, Bebhionn, Bergelmir, Bestla, Farbauti, Fenrir, Fornjot, Hati, Hyrokkin, Kari, Loge, Skoll, and Surtur) and one name for a jovian satellite (Kore) have been approved by the IAU WGPSN. For more information, see the page that describes Planet and… Read More

New Approval Status Code

27 March 2007

A new approval status code has been added to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature to distinguish 45 lunar names that are listed in the gazetteer, but were never officially approved by the IAU. The approval status code for these names is 7, and the names are shown in brown type and in… Read More

New Phobos Maps

13 March 2007

Two new maps of Phobos showing named features have been added to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. One map is a global view in cylindrical projection, and the other shows north and south hemispherical views.

New Name Approved for Use on Venus

6 March 2007

The Name Kono Mons has been approved for the Venusian feature located at 19.5N, 268.0E on Venus quadrangle V-28. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Five New Names Approved for Titan Surface Features

2 March 2007

The following five names have been approved for use on Titan: Ara Fluctus, Leilah Fluctus, Rohe Fluctus, Winia Fluctus, and Polelya Macula. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information and an image that shows the locations of these features.

New Name for Martian Crater

7 February 2007

The name Louth has been approved for the martian crater located at 70.2N, 256.88W. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.