Astrogeology Science Center

Three New Names Approved for Earths Moon

17 April 2009

Three new names have been approved in the polar areas of the Moon; the names Hinshelwood and Whipple for the north pole region, and the name Braude for the south pole region. For more information, see the list of Moon crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Four New Crater Names Approved on Mars

12 February 2009

The names Danielson, Galap, Lipik, and Sarh have been approved for Martian craters. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two New Patera Names for Io

3 July 2007

Two new patera names have been approved for use on Io: Prometheus Patera and Grian Patera. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

New Regio Name Approved for Titan

7 May 2009

The name Hotei Regio has been approved for the region at 26.0S, 78.0W on Titan. Hotei Arcus forms the southern margin of Hotei Regio. For more information, see the list of regio names on Titan and the Titan VIMS mosaic in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Five New Crater Names Approved on Mars

22 January 2008

Five new names (Coimbra, Kalocsa, Mellit, Naruko, and Penticton) have been approved for craters on Mars. Please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for details.

New names on Olympus Mons Mars

27 April 2006

Names for two craters on Olympus Mons have been provisionally approved by the IAU. The names are Karzok and Pangboche and they can be seen on the MC-9 image from the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Small Craters on Venus

3 November 2009

Two new names have been approved for small craters on Venus: Alina and Amelia. For more information, see the list of Venus crater names 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.

New Feature Names Approved for Tethys

28 April 2008

The IAU has approved 33 new names for surface features on Tethys. The new names include 31 craters, one chasma, and one montes. Please visit the Tethys section of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

New Name Approved for a Mons on Mars

6 July 2009

The name Syria Mons has been approved for the Martian mons located at 13.9S, 104.3W. For more information, see the list of Martian mons names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.