Astrogeology Science Center

Nine New Crater Names Approved on Mercury

30 July 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved nine new names for craters on Mercury: Egonu, Gaudí, Kandinsky, Petronius, Prokofiev, Tolkien, Tryggvadóttir, Qiu Ying, and Yoshikawa. For details, see the list of Mercury feature names and the map of… Read More

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.

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

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.

New Names for 23 Craters on Mercury

24 April 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved 23 new names for craters on Mercury. For details, see the list of Mercury feature names and the images of Mercury in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.