Astrogeology Science Center

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.

Plutos Moons Named Hydra and Nix

26 June 2006

Pluto's two newest satellites have been named Hydra and Nix by the International Astronomical Union. For more information, refer to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, particularly the page that describes planet and satellite names and their discoverers.

Sixteen Names Approved for Craters on Mercury

9 July 2009

The following names have been approved for craters on Mercury: Abedin, Benoit, Berkel, Calvino, de Graft, Derain, Eastman, Gibran, Hemingway, Hodgkins, Izquierdo, Kunisada, Lange, Matabei, Munk芍csy, and To Ngoc Van. For more information, see the list of Mercury crater names in the Gazetteer… Read More

Seventeen New Names Approved for Craters on Enceladus

17 November 2009

The following new names have been approved by the IAU for craters on Enceladus: Ajib, Bahman, Harun, Hisham, Ishak, Ja'afar, Kamar, Kasim, Ma'aruf, Masrur, Morgiana, Mustafa, Parwez, Perizadah, Sabur, Yunan, and Zaynab. For more information, see the list of Enceladus crater names and the… 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.