Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Kalpin

15 November 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Kalpin for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-15 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Four Names Approved on Mercury

19 October 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mercury: Carleton and Travers. Two other names were also approved: Meteor Rupes and Kainan Rupes. For more information, see Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Lunar Craters Named in Honour of Apollo 8

5 October 2018

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. The names are Anders' Earthrise and 8 Homeward. See the IAU Press Release for… Read More

Name Approved for Jovian Satellite: Valetudo

3 October 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Valetudo for the small prograde Jovian satellite (Jupiter LXII) whose orbit crosses the outer retrograde area. For more information see the Planets page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Name Approved for Feature on Mercury: Canova

6 September 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Canova for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map H-2 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Eight Martian Crater Names Approved

31 August 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the following names for eight craters on Mars: Alofi, Banes, Izamal, Jiji, Kaporo, Sera, Wulai, and Yelapa. For more information, see Mars maps MC-11, MC-12, and MC-20 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Donner M

28 August 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Donner M for a small crater on the Moon. For more information, see LAC-116 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Yerkes V

24 August 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Yerkes V for a small crater on the Moon. For more information, see LAC-62 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Aeolis Chaos

13 June 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Aeolis Chaos for a feature on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Five Names Approved for Craters on Mars

1 June 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for five craters on Mars: McCauley, Batson, Jori, Nako, and Salkhad. For more information, see Mars map MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.