Astrogeology Science Center

New Names for Five Paterae and One Cavus on Mars

29 October 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five paterae and one cavus on Mars: Eden Patera, Euphrates Patera, Ismenia Patera, Oxus Patera, Oxus Cavus, and Siloe Patera. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Small Vallis on Mars

26 September 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Peace Vallis for a small valley near the Mars Science Laboratory landing site in Gale crater. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Features on Mars

18 September 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Mars: Candor Colles and Ceti Labes. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mercury Crater Named Chesterton

17 September 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Chesterton for the crater on Mercury located at 88.3N, 134.5W. For details, see the map of Mercury quadrangle H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Small Martian Crater Named Yellowknife

10 September 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Yellowknife for the Martian crater located at 4.58S, 137.44E. For more information, see the map of MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three New Names Approved for Martian Features

27 August 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters (Cayon and Fancy) and a serpens (Aeolis Serpens) on Mars. For more information, see the maps of MC-15 and MC-23 for Aeolis Serpens and MC-28 for Cayon and Fancy in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Coordinates of Named Features on Io Updated to Voyager/Galileo SSI

20 August 2012

In 2012, the coordinates of the named features in the Io portion of the International Astronomical Union Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature were updated from values from historical sources to values in the Voyager/Galileo SSI control network. The purpose of this work was to facilitate the… Read More

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.