Name Approved for Ganymede crater: Laomedon

4 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Laomedon for a crater on Ganymede. For more information, please see the Ganymede map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Bellini

3 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Bellini for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Mercury Feature: Borobudur Fossae

3 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Borobudur Fossae for a feature on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury maps H-13 and H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Nine Features on Ceres

27 March 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved nine names for Ceres: Dankdag Labes, Sukkot Labes, Onam Labes, Lohri Tholus, Bagach Tholus, Kekri Tholus, Pasola Facula, Cerealia Tholus, and Makahiki Labyrinthus. For more information, see the Ceres map in the Gazetteer of… Read More

Press Release: Discusses USGS-NASA Mapping Program

25 March 2019

  Planetary geologic maps show how rocks and sediments exist in three dimensions and help scientists interpret land surface evolution through time. They also help guide scientific investigations and place scientific results into a common context for comparability. Beginning at the Lunar and… Read More

Astrogeology Stepping Out for STEM

20 March 2019

Members of the Astrogeology Science Center (ASC) stepped out last Monday night to join with other USGS Flagstaff Field Center employees and the greater Flagstaff Community in a fun-filled celebration of all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The 6th annual Flagstaff Community… Read More

Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Phison Patera

20 March 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Phison Patera for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars maps MC-05 and MC-13 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three Names Approved for Mars: Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes

8 March 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three new names for features on Mars: Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes. For more information, see the Mars maps MC-11 and MC-12. 

My Time With Oppy

21 February 2019

The piece below was written by Alicia Vaughan, a former USGS Astrogeology researcher who played many roles* on the Mars Exploration Rover mission.The night Opportunity landed was the MOST exciting night of my life. My children are always offended by that, but it’s true. Lots of people… Read More

Name Approved for Neptunian Satellite: Hippocamp

20 February 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hippocamp for the small Neptunian satellite (Neptune XIV). For more information see the Planets page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.