USGS Astrogeology Science Center Nomenclature News http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/news News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS gelogic products and historical exhibits en-us <![CDATA[New Name Request Processing on Hold Until July 2]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mars Crater: Kilkhampton]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Kilkhampton for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the Mars map MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Three Names Approved for Mercury: Martins, Grifo Rupes, and Soya Rupes]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Martins, Grifo Rupes, and Soya Rupes. For more information, please see the H-10 map of Mercury in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Ten Names Approved for Europa]]> Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Belenos Mensa, Borvo Mensa, Grannus Mensa, Moyle Cavus, Kerlescan Fossae, Kermario Fossae, Ménec Fossae, Maughanasilly Fossa, Eightercua Fossa, and Beenalaught Fossa. ]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mars Feature: Oxia Planum]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Oxia Planum for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Names Approved for Mercury: Six Faculae]]> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Orm Faculae, Pampu Facula, Ular Facula, Sarpa Facula, Havu Facula, and Bitin Facula. For more information, see the Mercury maps H-2 and H-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

 

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<![CDATA[Name Approved for Callisto crater: Vili]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Vili for a crater on Callisto. For more information, please see the Callisto map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Ganymede crater: Laomedon]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Laomedon for a crater on Ganymede. For more information, please see the Ganymede map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Bellini]]> Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Bellini for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mercury Feature: Borobudur Fossae]]> Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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.]]> <![CDATA[Names Approved for Nine Features on Ceres]]> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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 Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Phison Patera]]> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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.]]> <![CDATA[Three Names Approved for Mars: Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes]]> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes. For more information, see the Mars maps MC-11 and MC-12. ]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Neptunian Satellite: Hippocamp]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Planets page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Chang'e-4 Landing Site Name Approved: Statio Tianhe]]> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Statio Tianhe for the landing site where the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e-4 touched town on January 3, 2019, the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon. Four other names for features near the landing site have also been approved: Zhinyu, Hegu, and Tianjin craters, as well as Mons Tai. See the IAU Press Release for more information.]]>