USGS Astrogeology Science Center Nomenclature News https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/News News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS geologic products and historical exhibits en-us Name Approved for Mars: Deuteronilus Cavus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16267">Deuteronilus Cavus</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc5_2014.pdf">MC-05 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 11/21/2023 Mars https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/News/name-approved-for-mars-deuteronilus-cavus name-approved-for-mars-deuteronilus-cavus Names Approved for Didymos and Dimorphos The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved six new names for Dimorphos and two new names for Didymos. The new Dimorphos names are <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16264">Tamboril</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16263">Naqqara</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16262">Msondo</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16261">Bongo</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16260">Marimba</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16259">Bala</a>. The new Didymos names are <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16266">Gong Saxum</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16265">Carillon Saxum</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Dimorphos.pdf">Dimorphos map</a> and the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/didymos.pdf">Didymos map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 11/14/2023 Dimorphos https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/News/names-approved-for-didymos-and-dimorphos names-approved-for-didymos-and-dimorphos Two Names Approved for Pluto: Belton Regio and Safronov Regio The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved two new feature names for Pluto: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16257">Belton Regio</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16258">Safronov Regio</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pluto.pdf">Pluto nomenclature map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 09/22/2023 Pluto https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/News/two-names-approved-for-pluto-belton-regio-and-safronov-regio two-names-approved-for-pluto-belton-regio-and-safronov-regio New Name for Europa Feature: Pasiphae Linea The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16256"> Pasiphae Linea</a> for a feature on <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/europa_15m_100ppi.pdf">Europa</a>.&nbsp; 08/30/2023 Europa https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/News/new-name-for-europa-feature-pasiphae-linea new-name-for-europa-feature-pasiphae-linea Io Eruptive Center Shen Yi Renamed Xihe The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has renamed an eruptive center on Io. In response to public comment, the name Shen Yi has been dropped, and the feature given a new name, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16254">Xihe</a>.&nbsp;<span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif, Helvetica; font-size: 13.3333px;"></span> 08/04/2023 Io https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/News/io-eruptive-center-shen-yi-renamed-xihe io-eruptive-center-shen-yi-renamed-xihe Name Approved for Mars Crater: Picardi The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16253">Picardi</a> for a large crater on Mars. For more information, please see the feature name page and the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc16_2014.pdf">MC-16 quad map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/02/2023 Mars name-approved-for-mars-crater-picardi Names Approved for Lunar Craters: Burbidge and Floss The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two lunar craters, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16250">Burbidge</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16251">Floss</a>. For more information, please see the feature name pages and the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/02/2023 Moon names-approved-for-lunar-craters-burbidge-and-floss Name Approved for Io: Olafat Patera The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16222">Olafat Patera</a> for a feature on Io. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/io_comp_color.pdf">Io nomenclature map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 06/26/2023 Io name-approved-for-io-olafat-patera Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Manley The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16218">Manley</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-9.pdf">H-09 quad map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 06/13/2023 Mercury name-approved-for-mercury-crater-manley Name Approved for Mars Feature: Nord Rupes The IAU Working Group has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16217">Nord Rupes</a> for a small scarp within Boreales Scopuli in the north polar region of Mars. For more information please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc1_2014.pdf">MC-01 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 05/26/2023 Mars name-approved-for-mercury-crater-manley Five Names Approved for Io The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved five names for features on Io: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16214">Mixcoatl Fluctus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16215">Odqan Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16213">Pillan Fluctus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16212">Shen Yi</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16216">Wanajo Patera</a>. For more information please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/io_comp_color.pdf">Io nomenclature map</a> in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.&nbsp; 05/16/2023 Io five-names-approved-for-io Three Facula Names Approved for Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three names for Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16211">Madu Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16209">Ngu Facula</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16210">Ahas Facula</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-7.pdf">H-07</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16209">H-12</a> nomenclature maps in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.&nbsp; 05/09/2023 Mercury three-facula-names-approved-for-mercury Venus: 10 New Feature Names The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved ten new names for surface features on Venus, and revised boundaries for Raskova Paterae. The new feature names are&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16199">Firtos Mons</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16200">Arasy Mons</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16201">Ignirtoq Tholi</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.92em;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16202">Oxomoco Tholus</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16203">Pakhet Tholus</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16204">Ismo Tholi</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16205">Zana Tholus</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16206">Robigo Fluctus</a>,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.92em;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16207">Saosis Fluctus</a>, and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.92em;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16208">Nyakaya Fluctus</a>. For more information, please see the nomenclature maps for quads <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/v50_comp.pdf">V-50</a>, <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/v51_comp.pdf">V-51</a>, and <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/v59_comp.pdf">V-59</a>.</span> 05/05/2023 Venus venus-10-new-feature-names New Pluto Feature Named: Yutu Linea The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16198">Yutu Linea</a> for a feature on Pluto. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pluto.pdf">Pluto nomenclature map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 04/25/2023 Pluto new-pluto-feature-named-yutu-linea Names Approved for Mercury: Volasiga Rupes and Italica Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16196">Volasiga Rupes</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16197">Italica Rupes</a> for two features on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-12.pdf">H-12 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 04/20/2023 Mercury name-approved-for-mercury-volasiga-rupes-and-italica-rupes Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Brill The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16195">Brill</a> for a crater near the lunar south pole. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 04/18/2023 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-brill Name Approved for Mars Crater: Chakpar The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16194">Chakpar</a> for a crater on Mars. Please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc9_2014.pdf">MC-09 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.&nbsp; 04/12/2023 name-approved-for-mars-crater-chakpar Five Lineae Approved for Pluto The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved five names for Pluto: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16189">Surveyor Linea</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16190">Zond Linea</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16191">Chandrayaan Linea</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16192">Hiten Linea</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16193">Luna Linea</a>. For more information please see the global nomenclature map for <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pluto.pdf">Pluto</a>.&nbsp; 04/11/2023 five-lineae-approved-for-pluto Seven Names Approved for Io The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved seven names for features on Io: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16182">Kanlaon Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16183">Tabiti Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16184">Tiwaz Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16185">Shurdi Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16186">Mandulis Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16188">Upulevo Fluctus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16187">Quzah Fluctūs</a>. For more information, please see the global nomenclature map of <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/io_comp_color.pdf">Io</a>.&nbsp; 04/10/2023 seven-names-approved-for-io Names Approved for Six Mars Craters The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six craters on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16176">Berrocal</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16177">Cuparaque</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16178">Druzhba</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16179">Leoben</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16180">Nunu</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16181">Sasakan</a>. For more information, please see the MC-21 map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 04/07/2023 names-approved-for-six-mars-craters Eight Names Approved for Io <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved eight names for features on Io: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16166">Pajonn Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16167">Asis Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16168">Yeloje Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16169">Verbti Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16170">Kotar Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16171">Gauwa Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16172">Gurzil Patera</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16173">Tonatiuh</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/io_comp_color.pdf">Io map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/10/2023 eight-names-approved-for-io Name Approved for Mars Crater: Roman The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16165">Roman</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 02/13/2023 name-approved-for-mars-crater-roman Two Names Approved for Mercury: Pelagia Rupes and Vejas Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16163">Pelagia Rupes</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16164">Vejas Rupes</a> for two features on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-9.pdf">H-09</a> and <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-3.pdf">H-03</a> maps in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. The latest Mercury nomenclature GIS shapefile can be downloaded from our <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">GIS Downloads</a> page.&nbsp; 01/27/2023 two-names-approved-for-mercury-pelagia-rupes-and-vejas-rupes Names Approved for Six Mercury Rupēs The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved six names for Mercury:&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16155">Baltica Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16152">Darshak Rupēs</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16156">Hesperides Rupes</a>,<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16157">&nbsp;Lance Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16154">Providencia Rupes</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16153">Selen Rupēs</a>. For more information, please see the&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.92em;"><a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-6.pdf">H-06</a>, <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-8.pdf">H-08</a>, <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-9.pdf">H-09</a>, and <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-10.pdf">H-10</a> quad maps, and download the latest <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">GIS shapefile</a> of Mercury nomenclature.&nbsp;</span> 01/11/2023 names-approved-for-six-mercury-rup-s Name Approved for Mercury: Carrasco Rupēs The IAU Working Group has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16113">Carrasco&nbsp;Rupēs</a> for a feature on Mercury. For more information please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-9.pdf">H-09</a> quad map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a>&nbsp; 12/13/2022 name-approved-for-mercury-carrasco-rup-s Five Rupes Approved for Mercury: Aegaeo, Akademik, Astrea, Legend, and Zapiola <span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 107%; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved five names for Mercury:&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16111">Aegaeo Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16112">Akademik Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16108">Astrea Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16109">Legend Rupes</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16110">Zapiola Rupes</a>. For more information, please see the&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 11pt;"><a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-1.pdf">H-01</a>, <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-6.pdf">H-06</a>, <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-8.pdf">H-08</a>, <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-9.pdf">H-09</a>, and <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-10.pdf">H-10</a> quad maps, and download the latest <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">GIS shapefile</a> of Mercury nomenclature.&nbsp;</span><br /></span> 12/02/2022 five-rupes-approved-for-mercury-aegaeo-akademik-astrea-legend-and-zapiola Names Approved for Eight Mercury Rupes <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved eight names for Mercury:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16105">Acadia Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16106">Antares Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16104">Arquipelago Rupēs</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16100">Endurance Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16102">Protea Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16103">Tangaroa Rupes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16101">Xuelong Rupes</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16099">Yelcho Rupes</a>. For more information, please see the&nbsp;<a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-4.pdf">H-04</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-8.pdf">H-08</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-9.pdf">H-09</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-10.pdf">H-10</a>&nbsp;quad maps, and download the latest&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">GIS shapefile</a>&nbsp;of Mercury nomenclature.</p> 11/07/2022 names-approved-for-eight-mercury-rupes Name Approved for Mercury Crater: MacNicol The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16097">MacNicol</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-15.pdf">H-15 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/25/2022 name-approved-for-mercury-crater-macnicol Five Names Approved for Dimorphos The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the first names for features on the asteroid Dimorphos: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16158">Atabaque Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16159">Bodhran Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16160">Caccavella Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16161">Dhol Saxum</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16162">Puniu Saxum</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Dimorphos.pdf">Dimorphos nomenclature map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 01/26/2023 five-names-approved-for-dimorphos Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Morrison The IAU Working Group has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16098">Morrison</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/H-1.pdf">H-01 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 09/27/2022 name-approved-for-mercury-crater-morrison Name Approved for Mars Crater: Tangtse The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16107">Tangtse</a> for a small Mars crater. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc23_2014.pdf">MC-23 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 11/09/2022 name-approved-for-mars-crater-tangtse Names Approved for Mars Craters: Aarna, Abu, Kyara, and Varahamihira The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16115">Aarna</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16117">Abu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16114">Kyara</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16116">Varahamihira</a> for four Mars craters. For more information, please see the MC-11 map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.&nbsp; 12/16/2022 names-approved-for-mars-craters-aarna-abu-kyara-and-varahamihira Name Approved for Mars: Oxia Dorsum The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16119">Oxia Dorsum</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 12/30/2022 name-approved-for-mars-oxia-dorsum Name Approved for Lunar Feature: Sinus Viscositatis The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16118">Sinus Viscositatis</a> for a lunar feature. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Lunar/lac_23_wac.pdf">LAC-23 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 12/30/2022 name-approved-for-lunar-feature-sinus-viscositatis Name Approved for Mars Crater: Marsabit The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16120">Marsabit</a> for a small crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a>&nbsp;map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 01/06/2023 name-approved-for-mars-crater-marsabit Name Approved for Mars: Nen Valles The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16151">Nen Valles</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://asc-planetarynames-data.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/mc14_2014.pdf">MC-14</a> map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 01/11/2023 name-approved-for-mars-nen-valles Eight Names Approved for Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Tairua, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16072">Enns</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16073">Steyr</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16074">Mirissa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16075">Kirinda</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16076">G&uuml;imar</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16077">Yaiza</a>, and<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16078"> Amed</a> for eight craters on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc22_2014.pdf">MC-22</a> maps in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.&nbsp; 09/22/2022 eight-names-approved-for-mars Names Approved for 10 Small Satellites of Saturn The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 10 small satellites of Saturn. These satellites were named according to the theme for retrograde (with an inclination of 90 to 180 degrees) bodies, and bear the names of giants and giantesses from Norse mythology. The names are&nbsp;Saturn LIV (Gridr), Saturn LV (Angrboda), Saturn LVI (Skrymir), Saturn LVII (Gerd), Saturn LIX (Eggther), Saturn LXI (Beli), Saturn LXII (Gunnlod), Saturn LXIII (Thiazzi), Saturn LXV (Alvaldi), and Saturn LXVI (Geirrod). For more information, please see the full list of <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets#SaturnianSystem">Saturnian Satellites</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; 08/24/2022 names-approved-for-10-small-satellites-of-saturn Names Approved for Mars: Kyela, Kai, Elva, Tarime, and Límni The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five craters on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16092">Kyela</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16093">Kai</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16094">Elva</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16095">Tarime</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16096">L&iacute;mni</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/22/2022 names-approved-for-mars-kyela-kai-elva-tarime-and-l-mni Name Approved for Mars: Pohl The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/Pohl"> Pohl</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc4_2014.pdf">MC-04 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; 08/17/2022 name-approved-for-mars-pohl Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Bandfield The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/Bandfield">Bandfield</a> for a small lunar crater. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_82_wac.pdf">LAC-82 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 07/11/2022 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-bandfield Name Approved for Mercury Feature: Challenger Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16089">Challenger Rupes</a> for a feature on Mercury. For more information, please see the Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-9.pdf">H-09</a> in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.&nbsp; 06/08/2022 name-approved-for-mercury-feature-challenger-rupes Seven New Names Approved for Pluto: One Planitia, Two Valles, Two Craters, and Two Colles <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved seven names for features on Pluto: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16082">Rosetta Planitia</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.92em;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16083">Lemmink&auml;inen Vallis</a>,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 0.92em;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16084">V&auml;in&auml;m&ouml;inen Vallis</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16085">Kowal</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16086">Coradini</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16087">Challenger Colles</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16088">Columbia Colles</a>. For more information, please see the Pluto map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span></p> 06/03/2022 seven-new-names-approved-for-pluto-one-planitia-two-valles-two-craters-and-two-colles Names Approved for Europa: Ancaeus Linea, Arachne Linea, and Acacallis Linea The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three new feature names for Europa:&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16079">Ancaeus Linea</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16080">Arachne Linea</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16081">Acacallis Linea</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/europa_15m_100ppi.pdf">Europa map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/01/2022 names-approved-for-europa-ancaeus-linea-arachne-linea-and-acacallis-linea Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Lorde The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/Lorde">Lorde </a>for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-15.pdf">H-15 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 05/02/2022 name-approved-for-mercury-crater-lorde Twelve New Names Approved for Mars Craters <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16042">Arvi</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16041">Bari</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16046">Daiyang</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16051">Gebog</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16047">Jintur</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16044">Luwuk</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16040">Maur</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16043">Poso</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16048">Satkania</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16045">Teknaf</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16050">Wukan</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16049">Zhufan</a> for twelve small craters on Mars. For more information, see the Mars maps MC-4, MC-24, MC-25, MC-26, MC-27, and MC-29 in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> 04/18/2022 twelve-new-names-approved-for-mars-craters Name Approved for Mars Crater: Bohar The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16054">Bohar</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc3_2014.pdf">MC-3 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 04/18/2022 name-approved-for-mars-crater-bohar Names Approved for 11 Features on Titan <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for eleven features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16053">Montego Sinus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16055">Luin Montes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16056">Orog Lacuna</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16057">Enriquillo Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16058">Totak Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16059">Pielinen Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16061">Gatun Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16062">Sarygamysh Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16063">Tasmania Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16064">Xuttah Planitia</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16060">Cerknica Lacuna</a>.&nbsp;</p> 04/18/2022 names-approved-for-11-features-on-titan Names Approved for Mars: 22 Feature Names Near the Tianwen-1 Landing Site The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 22 features on Mars, all nearby the Tianwen-1 landing site. The names are&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16015">Pingle</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16016">Xibaipo</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16017">Wenjiashi</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16018">Yaodian</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16019">Gujiang</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16020">Zhouzhuang</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16021">Qidu</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16022">Tianzhushan</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16023">Maji</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16024">Gutian</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16025">Wuxing</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16026">Yangliuqing</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16027">Lukeqin</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16028">Mohe</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16037">Huxiang</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16038">Zhengji</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16029">Yaodian Fossae</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16030">Qidu Fossae</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16031">Yaodian Tholus</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16032">Wenjiashi Tholi</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16033">Mohe Tholi</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16034">Wenjiashi Mensa</a>. 03/09/2022 names-approved-for-mars-22-feature-names-near-the-tianwen-1-landing-site Name Approved for Mars Crater: Ramanathan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16039">Ramanathan</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 03/08/2022 name-approved-for-mars-crater-ramanathan Names Approved for Mars Craters: Karratha, Khujirt, and Dampier The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three Mars craters: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16012">Karratha</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16013">Khujirt</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16014">Dampier</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc16_2014.pdf">MC-16 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 12/01/2021 names-approved-for-mars-craters-karratha-khujirt-and-dampier Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Stose The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16011">Stose</a> for a lunar crater near the South Pole. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 11/05/2021 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-stose Names Approved for Mars: Mastung and Longboh The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16009">Mastung</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16010">Longboh</a> for two small Mars craters. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc6_2014.pdf">MC-6 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 10/23/2021 names-approved-for-mars-mastung-and-longboh Names Approved for the Moon: Spudis and Marvin The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16007">Spudis</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16008">Marvin</a> for two craters near the Moon's South Pole. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/30/2021 names-approved-for-the-moon-spudis-and-marvin Name Approved for the Moon: Rima Louville The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16006">Rima Louville</a> for a feature on the Moon. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_23_wac.pdf">LAC-23 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/29/2021 name-approved-for-the-moon-rima-louville Name Approved for Mars: Jezero Mons The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16005">Jezero Mons</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc13_2014.pdf">MC-13 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 09/17/2021 name-approved-for-mars-jezero-mons Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Henson The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16004">Henson</a> for a lunar crater near the South Pole. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames-int-d.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 09/01/2021 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-henson Names Approved for Five Mars Features The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approve five new names for features on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15999">Arago Dorsa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16000">Cantabras Serpens</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16001">Cantabras Dorsum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16002">Piscinas</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/16003">Piscinas Serpentes</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12</a> maps in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/26/2021 names-approved-for-five-mars-features Name Approved for Mars: Mikumi The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15998">Mikumi</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the feature page and the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a>&nbsp;map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/19/2021 name-approved-for-mars-mikumi Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Veronese The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15997">Veronese</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-6.pdf">H-06 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 06/29/2021 name-approved-for-mercury-crater-veronese Name Approved for the Moon: Mons Latreille The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15996">Mons Latreille</a> for a feature on the Moon. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_44_wac.pdf">LAC-44 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/24/2021 name-approved-for-the-moon-mons-latreille Eight Names Approved for the Moon The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved eight names for features on the Moon in the vicinity of the Chang'e-5 landing site: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15988">Mons Hua</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15989">Mons Heng</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15990">Pei Xiu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15991">Shen Kuo</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15992">Liu Hui</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15993">Song Yingxing</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15994">Statio Tianchuan</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15995">Xu Guangqi</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_23_wac.pdf">LAC-23 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/24/2021 eight-names-approved-for-the-moon Name Approved for Mars: Elston The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15987">Elston</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc22_2014.pdf">MC-22 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/07/2021 name-approved-for-mars-elston Name Approved for Mercury: Altair Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15986">Altair Rupes</a> for a feature on Mercury. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-15.pdf">H-15 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/05/2021 name-approved-for-mercury-altair-rupes Name Approved for Mars: Kozova The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15985">Kozova</a> for a small crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/22/2021 name-approved-for-mars-kozova Names Approved for Mars: Margulis and Roemer The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15983">Margulis</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15984">Roemer</a> for two large craters on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc20_2014.pdf">MC-20</a> map in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/22/2021 names-approved-for-mars-margulis-and-roemer Name Approved for Mars Feature: Peneus Mensa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15970">Peneus Mensa</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc27_2014.pdf">MC-27 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 02/09/2021 name-approved-for-mars-feature-peneus-mensa Ten Names Approved for Pluto The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved ten new names for features on Pluto: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15960">Edgeworth</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15961">Oort</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15962">Beatrice Fossa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15963">Dumuzi Fossa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15964">Inanna Fossa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15965">Zheng He Montes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15966">Ranger Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15967">Lunokhod Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15968">Pioneer Terra</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15969">Viking Terra</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">Pluto map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 02/04/2021 ten-names-approved-for-pluto Names Approved on Mercury: Chikyu Rupes, Investigator Rupes, and Alpha Crucis Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15955">Chikyu Rupes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15953">Investigator Rupes</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15954">Alpha Crucis Rupes</a>. For more information, see the Mercury maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-13.pdf">H-13</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-9.pdf">H-09</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/02/2021 names-approved-on-mercury-chikyu-rupes-investigator-rupes-and-alpha-crucis-rupes Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Easley The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15959">Easley</a> for a small lunar crater. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_99_wac.pdf">LAC-99 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/02/2021 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-easley Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Tooley The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15938">Tooley</a> for a lunar crater. The name was approved on November 19, 2020. For more information, see the lunar map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/02/2021 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-tooley Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Berry The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15937">Berry</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">H-01</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/08/2020 name-approved-for-mercury-crater-berry Names Approved for Charon: McCaffrey Dorsum and Cora The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved two new names for Charon: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15928">McCaffrey Dorsum</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15927">Cora</a>, a crater. 08/13/2020 names-approved-for-charon-mccaffrey-dorsum-and-cora Names Approved for Pluto: Hardaway, Zagar, and Pulfrich The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three new names for craters on Pluto: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15924">Hardaway</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15926">Zagar</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15925">Pulfrich</a>.&nbsp; 08/13/2020 names-approved-for-pluto-hardaway-zagar-and-pulfrich Name Approved for Ceres: Homowo Regio The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Homowo Regio for a feature on Ceres. See the feature page for <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15923">Homowo Regio</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary System Nomenclature</a> for more information.&nbsp; 08/05/2020 name-approved-for-ceres-homowo-regio Twelve New Names Approved For Bennu The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved twelve new names for rocks on the asteroid Bennu, the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission. The new names are&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15905">Thorondor Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15906">Dodo Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15907">Odette Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15908">Odile Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15909">Camulatz Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15910">Kongamato Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15911">Gullinkambi Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15912">Boobrie Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15913">Aellopus Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15914">Celaeno Saxum</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15915">Ciinkwia Saxum</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15916">Gamayun Saxum</a>. 03/30/2020 twelve-new-names-approved-for-bennu Two Names Approved for Mars: Pliva Vallis and Sava Vallis The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15903">Pliva Vallis</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15904">Sava Vallis</a> for two features in the vicinity of the Mars 2020 mission landing site, Jezero crater.&nbsp; 03/27/2020 two-names-approved-for-mars-pliva-vallis-and-sava-vallis Names Approved for Mars: Izola and Izola Mensa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15896">Izola</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15897">Izola Mensa</a> for two features on Mars. For more information, please see the Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/12/2020 names-approved-for-mars-izola-and-izola-mensa First Twelve Names Approved for Bennu <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved twelve names for the asteroid Bennu: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15888">Aetos Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15887">Amihan Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15891">Benben Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15889">Gargoyle Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15883">Huginn Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15884">Muninn Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15885">Ocypete Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15895">Pouakai Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15881">Roc Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15882">Simurgh Saxum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15886">Strix Saxum</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15890">Tlanuwa Regio</a>.&nbsp;</p> 03/12/2020 first-twelve-names-approved-for-bennu Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Ballet The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15894">Ballet</a> for a small lunar crater. This crater was used as a landmark and sample collection site during the Apollo 17 mission. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_43_wac.pdf">LAC-43 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/11/2020 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-ballet Two Crater Names Approved for Mars: Malino and Zaim The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15892">Malino</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15893">Zaim</a> for two craters on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 02/10/2020 two-crater-names-approved-for-mars-malino-and-zaim Ten Names Approved for Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15873">Angelica</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15872">Belva</a>,</span></span>&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15877">Dacono</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15871">Hartwell</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15874">Marysville</a>,&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15876">Sedona</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15878">Ulricehamn</a>,</span></span>&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15880">Nili Planum</a>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15879">Neretva Vallis</a>,&nbsp; and&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.72px;"><a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15878">Una Vallis</a>. These names are near the proposed landing site for the Mars 2020 mission to <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14300">Jezero</a> crater. For more information, see the Mars <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc13_2014.pdf">MC-13 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span></span> 01/22/2020 ten-names-approved-for-mars Four Names Approved for Pluto The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15868">Hardie</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15867">Coughlin</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15870">Hyecho Palus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15869">Uncama Fossa</a> for features on Pluto. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">Pluto map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 01/15/2020 four-names-approved-for-pluto Name Approved for Crater on Mercury: Gordimer The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15865">Gordimer</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">H-1 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/19/2019 name-approved-for-crater-on-mercury-gordimer Name Approved for Pluto Feature: Tabei Montes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15866">Tabei Montes</a> for a feature on Pluto. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">Pluto map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/19/2019 name-approved-for-pluto-feature-tabei-montes Names Approved for Venus: Jyestha Tesserae and Istustaya Tesserae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved two names for Venus: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15863">Jyestha Tesserae</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15864">Istustaya Tesserae</a>. For more information, see the Venus maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v7_comp.pdf">V-7</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v33_comp.pdf">V-33</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/07/2019 names-approved-for-venus-jyestha-tesserae-and-istustaya-tesserae Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Vaughan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15862?__fsk=-1476546764">Vaughan</a> for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the Moon <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_120_wac.pdf">map</a> in the<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/"> Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 10/16/2019 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-vaughan Name Approved for Pluto Feature: Hermod Fossae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15861?__fsk=-337301">Hermod Fossae</a> for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">Pluto map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/25/2019 name-approved-for-pluto-feature-hermod-fossae Names Approved for Seven Craters on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven craters on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15854">Angelou</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15859">Bunin</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15855">Josetsu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15857">Jim&eacute;nez</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15858">Kirby</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15856">Rizal</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15860">Strauss</a>. For more information, see the Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">H-1</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp;<span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"></span> 09/19/2019 names-approved-for-seven-craters-on-mercury Name Approved for Mars Crater: Chamba The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15853">Chamba</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/26/2019 name-approved-for-mars-crater-chamba Names Approved for Five Jovian Satellites The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five satellites of Jupiter:&nbsp;Pandia, Ersa, Eirene, Philophrosyne, and Eupheme. For more information, see the entries on the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets">Planet and Satellite Names</a> page in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/19/2019 names-approved-for-five-jovian-satellites Name Approved for Pluto Feature: Kaknú Fossa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15852">Kakn&uacute; Fossa</a> for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">Pluto map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/13/2019 name-approved-for-pluto-feature- Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Shioli The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15851">Shioli</a> for a small lunar crater. For more information, see the Moon map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_78_wac.pdf">LAC-78</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 08/13/2019 name-approved-for-lunar-crater-shioli Name Approved for Mars Crater: Tehachapi The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15850?__fsk=2030757110">Tehachapi</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc4_2014.pdf">MC-04</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 07/08/2019 name-approved-for-mars-crater-tehachapi Name Approved for Mars Crater: Kilkhampton The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15849">Kilkhampton</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">Mars map MC-11</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 06/10/2019 name-approved-for-mars-crater-kilkhampton Three Names Approved for Mercury: Martins, Grifo Rupes, and Soya Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three names for features on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15846">Martins</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15847">Grifo Rupes</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15848">Soya Rupes</a>. For more information, please see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-10.pdf">H-10 map</a> of Mercury in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 06/10/2019 three-names-approved-for-mercury-martins-grifo-rupes-and-soya-rupes Ten Names Approved for Europa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved ten names for features on Europa: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15822">Belenos Mensa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15823">Borvo Mensa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15824">Grannus Mensa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15825">Moyle Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15826">Kerlescan Fossae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15827">Kermario Fossae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15828">M&eacute;nec Fossae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15829">Maughanasilly Fossa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15830">Eightercua Fossa</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15831">Beenalaught Fossa</a>.&nbsp; 05/28/2019 ten-names-approved-for-europa Name Approved for Mars Feature: Oxia Planum The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15821">Oxia Planum</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map MC-11 in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 05/17/2019 name-approved-for-mars-feature-oxia-planum Names Approved for Mercury: Six Faculae <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six faculae on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15815">Orm Faculae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15816">Pampu Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15817">Ular Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15818">Sarpa Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15819">Havu Facula</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15820">Bitin Facula</a>. For more information, see the Mercury maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-2.pdf">H-2</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-11.pdf">H-11</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> 04/16/2019 names-approved-for-mercury-six-faculae Name Approved for Callisto crater: Vili The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15814">Vili</a> for a crater on Callisto. For more information, please see the Callisto <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/callisto_comp.pdf">map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/04/2019 name-approved-for-callisto-crater-vili Name Approved for Ganymede crater: Laomedon The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15813?__fsk=976238674"> Laomedon</a> for a crater on Ganymede. For more information, please see the Ganymede <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/gany_15ppi.pdf">map</a> in the <a href="Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/04/2019 name-approved-for-ganymede-crater-laomedon Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Bellini The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15811">Bellini</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-14.pdf">H-14</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/03/2019 name-approved-for-mercury-crater-bellini Name Approved for Mercury Feature: Borobudur Fossae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15812">Borobudur Fossae</a> for a feature on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-13.pdf">H-13</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-14.pdf">H-14</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/03/2019 name-approved-for-mercury-feature-borobudur-fossae Names Approved for Nine Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved nine names for Ceres: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15802?__fsk=-816474825">Dankdag Labes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15803?__fsk=-1826781311">Sukkot Labes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15804">Onam Labes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15805?__fsk=1847154143">Lohri Tholus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15806?__fsk=-1053529248">Bagach Tholus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15807?__fsk=1569181113">Kekri Tholus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15809?__fsk=1227091171">Pasola Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15808?__fsk=-838395689">Cerealia Tholus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15810?__fsk=423768119">Makahiki Labyrinthus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">Ceres map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/27/2019 names-approved-for-nine-features-on-ceres Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Phison Patera The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15801">Phison Patera</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc5_2014.pdf">MC-05</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc13_2014.pdf">MC-13</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/20/2019 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-phison-patera Three Names Approved for Mars: Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three new names for features on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15795?__fsk=-822607945">Barth</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15793">Thymiamata Serpens</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15794">Meridiani Serpentes</a>. For more information, see the Mars maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12</a>.&nbsp; 03/08/2019 three-names-approved-for-mars-barth-thymiamata-serpens-and-meridiani-serpentes Name Approved for Neptunian Satellite: Hippocamp 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 <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets">Planets</a> page in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/20/2019 name-approved-for-neptunian-satellite-hippocamp Chang'e-4 Landing Site Name Approved: Statio Tianhe The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15781?__fsk=-709402562">Statio Tianhe</a> 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: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15782?__fsk=-1820345456">Zhinyu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15783?__fsk=1684650285">Hegu</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15784?__fsk=-627380584">Tianjin</a> craters, as well as <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15785?__fsk=696272962">Mons Tai</a>. See the <a href="https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau1901/?lang">IAU Press Release</a> for more information. 02/15/2019 chang-e-4-landing-site-name-approved-statio-tianhe Name Approved for Feature on Ceres: Lughnasa Tholus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15779?__fsk=1721547606">Lughnasa Tholus</a> for a feature on Ceres. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">Ceres map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 11/30/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-ceres-lughnasa-tholus Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Cagli The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15778?__fsk=-1614292989">Cagli</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/16/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-cagli Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Kalpin The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15777">Kalpin</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc15_2014.pdf">MC-15</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 11/15/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-kalpin Four Names Approved on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15774">Carleton</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15773">Travers</a>. Two other names were also approved: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15776">Meteor Rupes</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15775">Kainan Rupes</a>. For more information, see Mercury<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-14.pdf"> map H</a>-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 10/19/2018 four-names-approved-on-mercury Lunar Craters Named in Honour of Apollo 8 The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. The names are <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/11867">Anders' Earthrise</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/9340">8 Homeward</a>. See the <a href="https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau1811/?lang">IAU Press Release</a> for more information, and the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_82_wac.pdf">LAC-82 map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/05/2018 lunar-craters-named-in-honour-of-apollo-8 Name Approved for Jovian Satellite: Valetudo The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Valetudo for the small prograde Jovian satellite (Jupiter LXII) whose orbit crosses the outer retrograde area. For more information see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets">Planets page</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 10/03/2018 name-approved-for-jovian-satellite-valetudo Name Approved for Feature on Mercury: Canova The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15772">Canova</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-2.pdf">H-2</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/06/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-mercury-canova Eight Martian Crater Names Approved The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the following names for eight craters on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15771">Alofi</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15765">Banes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15769">Izamal</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15767">Jiji</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15768">Kaporo</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15766">Sera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15764">Wulai</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15770">Yelapa</a>. For more information, see Mars maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc20_2014.pdf">MC-20</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 08/31/2018 eight-martian-crater-names-approved Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Donner M The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15763">Donner M</a> for a small crater on the Moon. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_116_wac.pdf">LAC-116</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/28/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-the-moon-donner-m Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Yerkes V The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15762">Yerkes V</a> for a small crater on the Moon. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_62_wac.pdf">LAC-62</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/24/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-the-moon-yerkes-v Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Aeolis Chaos The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15761">Aeolis Chaos</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_2014.pdf">MC-23</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/13/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-aeolis-chaos Five Names Approved for Craters on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for five craters on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15756">McCauley</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15758">Batson</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15757">Jori</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15759">Nako</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15760">Salkhad</a>. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/01/2018 five-names-approved-for-craters-on-mars Name Approved for Feature on Pluto: Hekla Cavus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15755?__fsk=1165664567">Hekla Cavus</a> for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">map</a> of Pluto in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/30/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-pluto-hekla-cavus Names Approved for Three Faculae on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for three features on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15752">Gata Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15753">Nakahi Facula</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15754">Amaru Facula</a>. For more information, see Mercury <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-14.pdf">map H-14</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/01/2018 names-approved-for-three-faculae-on-mercury Name Approved for Feature on Pluto: Baret Montes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15751?__fsk=122518553">Baret Montes</a> for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">map</a> of Pluto in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/26/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-pluto-baret-montes Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Oituz The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15750">Oituz</a> for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/23/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-oituz Names Approved for Six Faculae on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for six faculae on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15744">Bibilava Faculae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15745">Ejo Faculae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15749">Ibab Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15746">Inyoka Faculae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15747">Maciji Facula</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15748">Nzoka Facula</a>. For more information, see Mercury <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-8.pdf">map H-8</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/16/2018 names-approved-for-six-faculae-on-mercury First Names Approved for Charon The first twelve names have been approved for use on Charon by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. The feature names are: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15734">Argo Chasma</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15732">Caleuche Chasma</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15733">Mandjet Chasma</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15735">Butler Mons</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15736">Kubrick Mons</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15737">Clarke Montes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15738">Dorothy</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15739">Nasreddin</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15743">Nemo</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15740">Pirx</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15741">Revati</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15742">Sadko</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/charon.pdf">map of Charon</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/12/2018 first-names-approved-for-charon Names Approved for Seven Faculae on Mercury <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven faculae on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15728">Abeeso Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15727">Agwo Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15724">Nathair Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15725">Neidr Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15726">Suge Facula</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15729">Thueban Facula</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15730">Slang Faculae</a>. For more information, see Mercury maps<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-3.pdf"> H-3</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-4.pdf">H-4</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-5.pdf">H-5</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-8.pdf">H-8</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> 04/06/2018 names-approved-for-seven-faculae-on-mercury Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Garu The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15731">Garu</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_2014.pdf">MC-23</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/06/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-garu Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Hawke The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15723">Hawke</a> for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_140_wac.pdf">LAC-140</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/23/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-the-moon-hawke Name Approved for Feature on Titan: Winnipeg Lacus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15722">Winnipeg Lacus</a> for a feature on Titan. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">Titan's North Polar Lakes and Seas map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/27/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-titan-winnipeg-lacus New Theme Approved for Faculae on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the theme "word for 'snake' in various languages" for faculae on Mercury. For more information about themes, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">'Categories'</a> page in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/27/2018 new-theme-approved-for-faculae-on-mercury Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Kufstein The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15721">Kufstein</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc27_2014.pdf">MC-27</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/20/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-kufstein Seven Names Approved for Craters on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven craters on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15715">Dechu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15716">Jaisalmer</a>,<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15718"> Kenge</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15720">Kilmia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15714">Qara</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15717">Topola</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15719">Yelwa</a>. For more information, see Mars maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc2_2014.pdf">MC-2</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc6_2014.pdf">MC-6</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc8_2014.pdf">MC-8</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc9_2014.pdf">MC-9</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc22_2014.pdf">MC-22</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc24_2014.pdf">MC-24</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/20/2018 seven-names-approved-for-craters-on-mars Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Chukhung The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15713">Chukhung</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc3_2014.pdf">MC-03</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 02/09/2018 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-chukhung Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Oenotria Cavi The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15712?__fsk=-1794974256">Oenotria Cavi</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a> in the<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/"> Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 01/30/2018 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-oenotria-cavi Six New Sinus Names Approved for Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for six features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15706">Genova Sinus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15707">Dingle Sinus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15708">Baffin Sinus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15709">Manza Sinus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15710">Boni Sinus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15711">Maizuru Sinus</a>. For more information, see the map of <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">Titan's North Polar Lakes and Seas</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 01/11/2018 six-new-sinus-names-approved-for-titan Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Olympus Maculae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15705">Olympus Maculae</a> for a group of dark spots on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc8_2014.pdf">MC-8</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/29/2017 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-olympus-maculae Names Approved for Six Cavi and a Tholus on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven features on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15697">Dalu Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15698">Layl Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15699">Malam Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15700">Nat Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15701">Noc Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15703">Usiku Cavus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15704">Noctis Tholus</a>. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc17_2014.pdf">MC-17</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/07/2017 names-approved-for-six-cavi-and-a-tholus-on-mars Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Kotido The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15696">Kotido</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_2014.pdf">MC-11</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 10/24/2017 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-kotido Seven New Names Approved for Paterae on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven features on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15695">Olympus Paterae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15694">Apollo Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15693">Athena Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15692">Dionysus Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15690">Hermes Patera</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15691">Hera Patera</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15689">Zeus Patera</a>. For more information, see the map of <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc9_2014.pdf">MC-9</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 10/16/2017 seven-new-names-approved-for-paterae-on-mars New Naming Method Approved for Use on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved a new naming method for groups of smaller features within a larger named feature. In such cases the normal naming convention shall be suspended and instead their names shall be chosen so that they bear a mnemonic relationship to the given name of the larger feature, followed by the appropriate descriptor term. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">Categories</a> page in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 10/16/2017 new-naming-method-approved-for-use-on-mars First Names for Pluto The first fourteen names approved for use on Pluto by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature, have been added to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. The features are <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15668">Tombaugh Regio</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15669">Sputnik Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15670">Tenzing Montes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15671">Hillary Montes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15672">Al-Idrisi Montes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15673">Djanggawul Fossae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15674">Sleipnir Fossa</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15675">Virgil Fossae</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15676">Adlivun Cavus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15677">Hayabusa Terra</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15678">Voyager Terra</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15679">Tartarus Dorsa</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15680">Burney</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15681">Elliot</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/pluto.pdf">map of Pluto</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/21/2017 first-names-for-pluto Five Names Approved for Titan: Salusa, Niushe, Harmonthep, Corrin, and Ochumare <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved five names on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15683?__fsk=1929383776">Salusa Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15685?__fsk=-1437813954">Niushe Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15686?__fsk=548769264">Harmonthep Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15684?__fsk=-1704241544">Corrin Labyrinthus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15682?__fsk=387612378">Ochumare Regio</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp_VIMSimage.pdf">map of Titan</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 09/15/2017 five-names-approved-for-titan-salusa-niushe-harmonthep-corrin-and-ochumare Thirteen Craters Approved for Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for thirteen craters on Ceres: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15655">Jumis</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15656">Sedana</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15657">Peko</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15658">Halki</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15659">Telepinu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15660">Kaneki</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15661">Kokopelli</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15662">Emesh</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15663">Xevioso</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15664">Nunghui</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15665">Thrud</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15666">Jacheongbi</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15667">Ratumaibulu</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">map of Ceres</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 08/28/2017 thirteen-craters-approved-for-ceres Two Names Approved for Titan: Giedi Planitia and Tsiipiya Terra The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15653?__fsk=1045200445">Giedi Planitia</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15654?__fsk=2142908069">Tsiipiya Terra</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp_VIMSimage.pdf">map</a> of Titan in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/24/2017 two-names-approved-for-titan-giedi-planitia-and-tsiipiya-terra Name Approved for Crater on Venus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15652">Annabelle</a> for a crater on Venus. For more information, see <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v41_comp.pdf">Venus map V-41</a>, in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 08/23/2017 name-approved-for-crater-on-venus Twelve Names Approved for Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for twelve craters on Ceres:<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15640"> Mlezi</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15641">Cachimana</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15642">Binayo</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15643">Bilwis</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15644">Dikhan</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15645">Zatik</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15646">Enkimdu</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15647">Damia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15648">Shennong</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15649">Axomama</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15650">Inkosazana</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15651">Kahukura</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">map of Ceres</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/12/2017 twelve-names-approved-for-ceres Fourteen New Lacus Names Approved for Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for fourteen features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15626">Zub Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15627">Grasmere Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15628">Hlawga Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15629">Fogo Lacus</a> , <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15630">Letas Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15631">Balaton Lacus</a>,<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15632"> Xolotlan Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15633">Karakul Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15634">Akmena Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15635">Brienz Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15636">Trichonida Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15637">Qinghai Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15638">Synevyr Lacus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15639">Yojoa Lacus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">Titan north pole map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomeclature</a>. 08/08/2017 fourteen-new-lacus-names-approved-for-titan Names Approved for Three Craters on Mercury: Anguissola, Anyte, and Vonnegut The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15621?__fsk=1618881824">Anguissola</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15622?__fsk=864238907">Anyte</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15623?__fsk=-1630453909">Vonnegut</a> for three craters on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">H-1</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/04/2017 names-approved-for-three-craters-on-mercury-anguissola-anyte-and-vonnegut Three Apollo 11 Landing Site Names Approved on the Moon The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved three Apollo 11 landing site names: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15617">Mount Marilyn</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15615">Little West</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15616">Double</a>. For more information, see maps for <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_60_wac.pdf">LAC-60</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_61_wac.pdf">LAC-61</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/26/2017 three-apollo-11-landing-site-names-approved-on-the-moon Eight Features Approved on the Moon The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved&nbsp;names for two craters on the Moon: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15613">Guest</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15611">Wargo</a>. Letter designations were approved for&nbsp;six&nbsp;craters on the Moon: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15607">Kohlschutter V</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15608">Grigg E</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15609">Chebyshev Z</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15610">Wood T</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15612">Korolev Z</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15614">Chaplygin B</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/26/2017 eight-features-approved-on-the-moon- Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Alnif The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Alnif for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_2014.pdf">MC-19</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/05/2017 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-alnif Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Gokwe The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Gokwe for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/05/2017 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-gokwe Fifteen New Lacus Names Approved for Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for fifteen features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15590">Lagdo Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15591">Buada Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15592">Annecy Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15593">Dilolo Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15594">Dridzis Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15595">Arala Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15596">Olomega Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15597">Roca Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15598">Quilotoa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15599">Imogene Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15600">Toba Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15601">Yessey Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15602">Zaza Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15603">Rwegura Lacus</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15604">Tengiz Lacus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">Titan north pole map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/26/2017 fifteen-new-lacus-names-approved-for-titan Fifteen Lacus Names Approved for Titan <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for fifteen features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15572">Mweru Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15574">Taupo Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15576">Prespa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15577">Van Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15578">Ypoa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15579">Suwa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15580">Rukwa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15581">Ihotry Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15582">Viedma Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15583">Phewa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15584">Rannoch Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15585">Chilwa Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15586">Muzhwi Lacus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15587">Maracaibo Lacus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15588">Negra Lacus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">Titan north pole map</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 06/11/2017 fifteen-lacus-names-approved-for-titan Names Approved for Three Features on Mars: Hiddekel, Icaria, and Phrixi Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mars: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15573">Hiddekel Rupes</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15575">Icaria Rupes</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15589">Phrixi Rupes</a>. For more information, see Mars maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc24_2014.pdf">MC-24</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc25_2014.pdf">MC-25</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/07/2017 names-approved-for-three-features-on-mars-hiddekel-icaria-and-phrixi-rupes Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Gediz Vallis The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Gediz Vallis for a feature on Mars. For more information, see Mars map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_2014.pdf">MC-23</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/03/2017 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-gediz-vallis Name Approved for Feature on the Moon: Virtanen F The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15570">Virtanen F</a> for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see Lunar map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_68_wac.pdf">LAC-68</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/02/2017 name-approved-for-feature-on-the-moon-virtanen-f Names Approved for Two Features on Mars: Kankossa and Bam The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15568">Kankossa</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15569">Bam</a>. For more information, see Mars maps <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_2014.pdf">MC-18</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc22_2014.pdf">MC-22</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/03/2017 names-approved-for-two-features-on-mars-kankossa-and-bam Name Approved for Feature on Mercury: Heaney The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15565">Heaney</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-13.pdf">H-13</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 03/21/2017 name-approved-for-feature-on-mercury-heaney Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Tarq The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15564?__fsk=-873009677">Tarq</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_2014.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer for Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/17/2017 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-tarq Names, Theme, and Boundary Change Approved for Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved an expanded boundary for <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/823">Borealis Planitia</a>, and the following new names for use on Mercury: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15554">Turms Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15555">Otaared Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15556">Apārangi Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15557">Sihtu Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15558">Papsukkal Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15559">Catuilla Planum</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15560">Stilbon Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15561">Mearcair Planitia</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15562">Lugus Planitia</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15563">Utaridi Planitia</a>. The<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories"> theme</a> "names for Mercury (either the planet or the god) in various languages" was approved for planum/plana. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a><br /> 03/15/2017 names-theme-and-boundary-change-approved-for-mercury Names Approved for Seven Labyrinthi on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15547">Naraj Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15548">Palma Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15549">Muritan Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15550">Gansireed Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15551">Gammu Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15552">Lampadas Labyrinthus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15553">Lernaeus Labyrinthus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp_VIMSimage.pdf">Titan global</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_southpole_new.pdf">south pole</a> maps, in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 03/09/2017 names-approved-for-seven-labyrinthi-on-titan Names Approved for Eight Labyrinthi on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for eight features on Titan: <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15539">Tleilax Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15540">Anbus Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15541">Kronin Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15542">Grumman Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15543">Lankiveil Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15544">Junction Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15545">Gamont Labyrinthus</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15546">Ginaz Labyrinthus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp_VIMSimage.pdf">Titan global</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">north pole</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_southpole_new.pdf">south pole</a> maps, in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/02/2017 names-approved-for-eight-labyrinthi-on-titan Themes Approved for the Pluto System The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved revised themes for Pluto and Charon. Themes for the four smaller moons, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra remain unchanged. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">Categories</a> page in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> or the <a href="https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau1702/">IAU press release</a>. 02/27/2017 themes-approved-for-the-pluto-system Names Approved for Four Features on Mars: Sibiti, Nia Chaos, Baetis Labēs, and Chrysas Mensa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars:<a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15535"> Sibiti</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15536">Nia Chaos</a>, <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15537">Baetis Labēs</a>, and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15538">Chrysas Mensa</a>. For more information, see the map for <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_2014.pdf">MC-18</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/02/2017 names-approved-for-four-features-on-mars-sibiti-nia-chaos-baetis-lab-s-and-chrysas-mensa Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Andapa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15534">Andapa</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_2014.pdf">MC-19</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 01/19/2017 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-andapa Name Changed on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15533">Yamor Mons</a> to replace the name Ysolo Mons on Ceres. For more information, see the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">map of Ceres</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 12/07/2016 name-changed-on-ceres Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Ubud The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15532">Ubud</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_2014.pdf">MC-19</a> in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of&nbsp;Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/29/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-ubud Names Approved for Bright Spots on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15530">Cerealia Facula</a> and <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15531">Vinalia Faculae</a> for bright spots on <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/CERES/target">Ceres</a>. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the <a href="https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 11/26/2016 names-approved-for-bright-spots-on-ceres Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Avan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15529">Avan</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_2014.pdf">MC-18</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 11/15/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-avan Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Krupac The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15528">Krupac</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 10/28/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-krupac Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Ruhea The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15527">Ruhea</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_2014.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 10/18/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-ruhea Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Taltal The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15526">Taltal</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc24_2014.pdf">MC-24</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a>&nbsp; 09/20/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-taltal Names Approved for 14 Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 14 craters on Ceres: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15516">Aristaeus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15520">Begbalel</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15525">Braciaca</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15523">Cacaguat</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15522">Centeotl</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15512">Duginavi</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15513">Hakumyi</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15524">Hatipowa</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15518">Ialonus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15517">Kiriamma</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15514">Laukumate</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15519">Megwomets</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15521">Razeka</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15515">Xochipilli</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">Ceres map</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/16/2016 names-approved-for-14-features-on-ceres Names Approved for Features on Mars: Nybyen and Flateyri The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15508">Nybyen</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15509">Flateyri</a>. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc26_2014.pdf">MC-26</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 09/12/2016 names-approved-for-features-on-mars-nybyen-and-flateyri Name Approved for Feature on Ceres: Uhola Catenae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15511">Uhola Catenae</a> for a feature on Ceres. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">Ceres map</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 09/12/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-ceres-uhola-catenae Names Approved for Features on Mars: Murray, Mambali, Baum, and Degana The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15504">Murray</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15505">Mambali</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15506">Baum</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15507">Degana</a>. For more information, see the maps for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_2014.pdf">MC-18</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc20_2014.pdf">MC-20</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/06/2016 names-approved-for-features-on-mars-murray-mambali-baum-and-degana Names Approved for Five Tholi on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for five features on Ceres: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15500">Aymuray Tholi</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15499">Cosecha Tholus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15502">Hosil Tholus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15501">Kwanzaa Tholus</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15503">Mikeli Tholus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">Ceres map</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/23/2016 names-approved-for-five-tholi-on-ceres Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Cilaos The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15498">Cilaos</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_2014.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 08/16/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-cilaos Theme on Mars Expanded The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the expansion of the theme for "other features" on Mars to include using the name of a nearby crater, if no nearby albedo feature name is available. Theme expansion was necessary because in some areas of Mars all available albedo feature names have been used. To see a list of IAU-approved themes, visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">"Categories"</a> page in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/14/2016 theme-on-mars-expanded Name Approved for Feature on Ganymede: Gushkin The IAU Working Group for Planetary System&nbsp;Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15497">Gushkin</a> for a small crater on Ganymede. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/gany_15ppi.pdf">Ganymede</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/11/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-ganymede-gushkin Names Approved and a Name Changed on Ceres <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15488">Hanami Planum</a> to replace the name Erntedank Planum on Ceres and approved a boundary change for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15410">Samhain Catenae</a>. The following new names were also approved: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15492">Lociyo</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15491">Nepen</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15495">Tawals</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15494">Baltay Catena</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15493">Pongal Catena</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15489">Junina Catenae</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15490">Nabanna Fossa</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15496">Nar Sulcus</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 06/20/2016 names-approved-and-a-name-changed-on-ceres Names Approved for Craters on Mars: Bunnik, Langtang, Nqutu, and Talu The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15486">Bunnik</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15484">Langtang</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15487">Nqutu</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15485">Talu</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/14/2016 names-approved-for-craters-on-mars-bunnik-langtang-nqutu-and-talu Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Echus Palus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15483">Echus Palus</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc10_2014.pdf">MC-10</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 05/20/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-echus-palus Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Hiddekel Cavus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15482">Hiddekel Cavus</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_2014.pdf">MC-12</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/17/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-hiddekel-cavus Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Selevac The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15481">Selevac</a> for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc24_2014.pdf">MC-24</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/19/2016 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-selevac Names Approved for Two Features on Ceres: Vendimia Planitia and Consus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Ceres. <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15480">Consus</a> was approved for a crater in the southern hemisphere and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15479">Vendimia&nbsp;Planitia</a> was approved for a large, low plain. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">map of Ceres</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/28/2016 names-approved-for-two-features-on-ceres-vendimia-planitia-and-consus Name Approved for Feature on Titan: Buzzell Planitia The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15478">Buzzell Planitia</a> for a feature on Titan. For more information, see <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_southpole_new.pdf">Titan's South Pole map</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/18/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-titan-buzzell-planitia Names Approved for Features on the Moon: Hildegard, Hildegard K, Poincaré E, and Poincaré F The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on the Moon: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15476">Hildegard</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15477">Hildegard K</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15475">Poincare E</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15474">Poincare F</a>.&nbsp;The name Hildegard K replaced the name Pikel'ner K, when the name Hildegard was approved for the larger crater in which Hildegard K is located. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/29/2016 names-approved-for-features-on-the-moon-hildegard-hildegard-k-poincar-e-and-poincar-f Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Prao The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15473">Prao</a> for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_2014.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/19/2016 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-prao Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Pyrrhae Fossae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15472">Pyrrhae Fossae</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_2014.pdf">MC-19</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc26_2014.pdf">MC-26</a> maps in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/10/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-pyrrhae-fossae Name Approved for Feature on Mercury: Unity Rupes The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15471">Unity Rupes</a> for a feature on Mercury. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 01/31/2016 name-approved-for-feature-on-mercury-unity-rupes Nine Names Approved for Features on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for nine features on Titan: Tsomgo Lacus, Kayangan Lacus, Shoji Lacus, Romo Planitia, Rossak Planitia, Hagal Planitia, Saraswati Flumen, Karesos Flumen, and Hubur Flumen. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_southpole_new.pdf">Titan South Pole Map</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 12/28/2015 nine-names-approved-for-features-on-titan Names Approved for Ten More Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for ten features on Ceres, including one mons, two tholi, and seven craters. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 12/16/2015 names-approved-for-ten-more-features-on-ceres Ten Names Approved for Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for ten features on Ceres, including <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15442">Erntedank Planum</a> and names for nine craters. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 12/04/2015 ten-names-approved-for-features-on-ceres Names Approved for Two Craters on Mars: Catota and Dunkassa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15440">Catota</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15441">Dunkassa</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/27/2015 names-approved-for-two-craters-on-mars-catota-and-dunkassa Names Approved for Three Features on Mars: Coprates Mensa, Ius Mensa, and Melas Mensa The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three mensae on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15438">Coprates Mensa</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15439">Ius Mensa</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15437">Melas Mensa</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/23/2015 names-approved-for-three-features-on-mars-coprates-mensa-ius-mensa-and-melas-mensa Name Approved for Feature on Titan: Xanthus Flumen The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15436">Xanthus Flumen</a> for a channel on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/06/2015 name-approved-for-feature-on-titan-xanthus-flumen Names Approved for Three Craters on Mercury: Burke, Sapkota, and Yamada The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15433">Burke</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15434">Sapkota</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15435">Yamada</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/04/2015 names-approved-for-three-craters-on-mercury-burke-sapkota-and-yamada Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Bradbury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15432">Bradbury</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/15/2015 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-bradbury Names Approved for 15 More Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 15 features on Ceres, including&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15421">Niman Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15425">Gerber Catena</a>, and names for 13 craters. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/15/2015 names-approved-for-15-more-features-on-ceres Name Approved for Crater on Mercury: Kerouac The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15416">Kerouac</a> for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/13/2015 name-approved-for-crater-on-mercury-kerouac Names Approved for Three Features and Landing Site on the Moon The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15415">Chang'e 3 landing site</a> on the Moon. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/05/2015 names-approved-for-three-features-and-landing-site-on-the-moon Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Kārūn Valles The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15411">Karun Valles</a> for a feature on Mars. For spelling of name using diacritical marks, and for more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/03/2015 name-approved-for-feature-on-mars-k-r-n-valles Names Approved for 13 Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15409">Ahuna Mons</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15410">Samhain Catena</a>, and 11 craters on Ceres. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/03/2015 names-approved-for-13-features-on-ceres Names Approved for 12 Features on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 12 craters on Mercury. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/03/2015 names-approved-for-12-features-on-mercury Names Approved for 15 Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 15 features on Ceres, including 14 craters and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15372">Ysolo Mons</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/23/2015 names-approved-for-15-features-on-ceres Name Approved for Dune Field on Mars: Ogygis Undae The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15370">Ogygis Undae</a> for a dune field on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 09/18/2015 name-approved-for-dune-field-on-mars-ogygis-undae Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Cardona The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15369">Cardona</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/21/2015 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-cardona Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Negril The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15368">Negril</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/20/2015 name-approved-for-crater-on-mars-negril Name Approved for a crater on Mars: Auki The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15367">Auki</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/14/2015 name-approved-for-a-crater-on-mars-auki Names Approved for Three Features on Mars: Hellas Chasma, Peneus Palus and Coronae Planum The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15364">Hellas Chasma</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15365">Peneus Palus</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15366">Coronae Planum</a>.&nbsp;For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a>&nbsp; 08/07/2015 names-approved-for-three-features-on-mars-hellas-chasma-peneus-palus-and-coronae-planum Names Approved for Two Features on Mars: Talas and Navua Valles The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Mars, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15362">Talas</a> (a crater), and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15363">Navua Valles</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 07/28/2015 names-approved-for-two-features-on-mars-talas-and-navua-valles Name Approved for Crater on Ceres: Kait The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15361">Kait</a> for a small crater on <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/ceres.pdf">Ceres</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/24/2015 name-approved-for-crater-on-ceres-kait Names Approved for Ten Features on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for ten features on Titan: Aura Undae, Crveno Lacus, Gandalf Colles, Genetaska Macula, Moria Montes, Mystis, Tishtrya Virgae, Tlaloc Virgae, Tupile Labyrinthus, and Veliko Lacuna. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.&nbsp; 07/22/2015 names-approved-for-ten-features-on-titan First 17 Names Approved for Features on Ceres The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 17 craters on Ceres: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15332">Asari</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15333">Coniraya</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15334">Gaue</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15335">Dantu</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15336">Ezinu</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15337">Fejokoo</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15338">Haulani</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15339">Kerwan</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15340">Nawish</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15341">Occator</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15342">Kirnis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15343">Rongo</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15344">Sintana</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15345">Toharu</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15350">Urvara</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15347">Yalode</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15348">Zadeni</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/13/2015 first-17-names-approved-for-features-on-ceres Name Approved for a Feature on Mars: Moa Valles <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_MoaValles.jpg" alt="Moa Valles" /></p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15349">Moa Valles</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/10/2015 name-approved-for-a-feature-on-mars-moa-valles Name Approved for a Crater on Mars: Moni <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Moni.jpg" alt="Moni" /></p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15331">Moni</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary System Nomenclature</a>. 06/29/2015 name-approved-for-a-crater-on-mars-moni Name Approved for a Feature on Mars: Dulce Vallis <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_DulceVallis.jpg" alt="Dulce Vallis" /></p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15330">Dulce Vallis</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/19/2015 name-approved-for-a-feature-on-mars-dulce-vallis Change in Name for Feature on Enceladus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the change from Samaria Fossa to <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15329">Samaria Rupes</a> for a feature on Enceladus. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/15/2015 change-in-name-for-feature-on-enceladus Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Pierazzo <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Pierazzo.jpg" alt="Pierazzo Crater" /></p><span style="font-size: 14.7200002670288px; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name&nbsp;</span><a style="font-size: 14.7200002670288px; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;" href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15328">Pierazzo</a><span style="font-size: 14.7200002670288px; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;">&nbsp;for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the&nbsp;</span><a style="font-size: 14.7200002670288px; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;" href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a><span style="font-size: 14.7200002670288px; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;">.</span><p>&nbsp;</p> 05/28/2015 name-approved-for-crater-on-the-moon-pierazzo Names Approved for Two Montes on Mars <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_CopratesMontes.jpg" alt="Coprates Montes" /> <img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_NectarisMontes.jpg" alt="Nectaris Montes" /></p><div><br /> <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15326">Coprates Montes</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15327">Nectaris Montes</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a></p>.</div> 05/27/2015 names-approved-for-two-montes-on-mars Name Approved for a Crater on the Moon: Slater <img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Slater.jpg" alt="Slater Crater" /><p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15325">Slater</a> for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a></p><p>.</p> 05/04/2015 name-approved-for-a-crater-on-the-moon-slater Names Approved for Five Craters on Mercury <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five craters on Mercury: </p><p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Carolan.jpg" alt="Carolan" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Enheduanna.jpg" alt="Enheduanna" /></p> <p><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15321">Carolan</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15323">Enheduanna</a></p> <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Karsh.jpg" alt="Karsh" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Kulthum.jpg" alt="Kulthum" /></p> <p><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15324">Karsh</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15322">Kulthum</a></p> <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Rivera.jpg" alt="Rivera" /></p><p>and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15320">Rivera</a>.</p> <p>For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a></p>. 04/30/2015 names-approved-for-five-craters-on-mercury Names Approved for Two Craters on Mars: Garni and Rauna <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Garni.jpg" alt="Garni" /> <img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Rauna.jpg" alt="Rauna" /></p> <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15318">Garni</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15319">Rauna</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a></p>. 04/24/2015 names-approved-for-two-craters-on-mars-garni-and-rauna Names Approved for Two Mensae on Mars <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_JuventaeMensa.jpg" alt="Juventae Mensa" /> <img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_NiaMensa.jpg" alt="Nia Mensa" /></p> <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15316">Juventae Mensa</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15317">Nia Mensa</a> for two features on Mars. For more information see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a></p>. 04/18/2015 names-approved-for-two-mensae-on-mars Names Approved for Three Features on Mars <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Badwater.jpg" alt="Badwater" /> <img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Greeley.jpg" alt="Greeley" /></p><p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_SyriaColles.jpg" alt="Syria Colles" /></p> <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15314">Badwater crater</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15313">Greeley crater</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15315">Syria Colles</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/16/2015 names-approved-for-three-features-on-mars Names Approved for Two Craters on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Titan: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15311">Forseti</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15312">Beag</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/15/2015 names-approved-for-two-craters-on-titan New Mars Education Website A new website, sponsored by Cochise College, provides easy access for Mars education. The website offers more than 4300 views of Mars including Martian landforms, landform distribution maps, over 2500 views of IAU-approved named features, and much more. You can visit this website <a href="http://skywalker.cochise.edu/wellerr/mars-x/list.htm">here</a>. 04/10/2015 new-mars-education-website New Name Approved for a Crater on the Moon <p><img style="font-size: 0.92em; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;" src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Tharp.jpg" alt="Tharp" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15310">Tharp</a> for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the map of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_102_wac.pdf">Moon quadrangle LAC-102</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/31/2015 new-name-approved-for-a-crater-on-the-moon Names Approved for Two Craters on Mars <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Hunten.jpg" alt="Hunten" /> <img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Choyr.jpg" alt="Choyr" /></p><p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15308?__fsk=816712033">Hunten</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15309?__fsk=1927529978">Choyr</a> for two craters on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/21/2015 names-approved-for-two-craters-on-mars New Name Approved for Jovian Satellite The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Dia for the Jovian satellite, Jupiter LIII. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets">"Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers"</a> page in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/10/2015 new-name-approved-for-jovian-satellite New Names Approved for Six Features on Ganymede The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six paterae on Ganymede: Hamra, Hammamat, Musa, Natrun, Rum, and Yaroun. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/gany_15ppi.pdf">Ganymede Map</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/04/2015 new-names-approved-for-six-features-on-ganymede New Names Approved for 28 Features on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for twenty-eight features on Titan: nine insulae, four freta, and fifteen sinūs. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_northpole_new.pdf">Titan North Pole Map</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 01/21/2015 new-names-approved-for-28-features-on-titan New Name Approved for Crater on Mars <span style="font-size: 0.92em; line-height: 22.0799999237061px;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15273" target="_blank">Esira</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/" target="_blank">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span><br /> 12/09/2014 new-name-approved-for-crater-on-mars Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has modified the definition of the descriptor term sinus and approved it for use on Titan. The theme will be "Names of terrestrial bays, coves, fjords or other inlets." For more information, see the list of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/DescriptorTerms">descriptor terms</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">Titan themes</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/23/2014 descriptor-term-and-theme-approved-for-use-on-titan New Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has approved the descriptor term fretum for use on Titan. The theme will be "Names of characters from the Foundation series of science fiction novels by American author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)." For more information, see the list of&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/DescriptorTerms">descriptor terms</a>&nbsp;and Titan <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">themes</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/06/2014 new-descriptor-term-and-theme-approved-for-use-on-titan Two Themes Approved for Ceres <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved two themes for use on Ceres. <span>&nbsp;</span>The theme for craters is “Gods and goddesses of agriculture and vegetation from world mythology”. The theme “Names of agricultural festivals of the world” will be used for other features. The new themes can be found on the list of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">categories for naming features on planets and satellites</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </p> 10/29/2014 two-themes-approved-for-ceres New Name Approved for a Colles on Mars <span style="font-size: 9.5pt;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15268">Hydraotes Colles</a> for a feature on Mars. <span style="font-size: 9.5pt;">For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span></span> 10/21/2014 new-name-approved-for-a-colles-on-mars New Names Approved for Four Features on Mars <span style="font-size: 9.5pt;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15264">Hadriacus Cavi</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15266">Napo Vallis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15267">Huallaga Vallis</a>, and a crater, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15265">Auce</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span> 10/15/2014 new-names-approved-for-four-features-on-mars-1 New Names Approved for Four Features on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15272">Pital</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15269">Juventae Cavi</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15270">Hydrae Cavus</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15271">Hydrae Chaos</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/01/2014 new-names-approved-for-four-features-on-mars New Name Approved for Flumina on Titan <span style="font-size: 9.5pt;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15263">Celadon Flumina</a> for a&nbsp;feature on Titan. For more information, see <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span> 10/09/2014 new-name-approved-for-flumina-on-titan New Names Approved for Five Features on Titan <span style="font-size: 10pt;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five features on Titan: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15258">Ecaz Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15259">Kaitain Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15260">Richese Labyrinthus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15261">Caladan Planitia</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15262">Poritrin Planitia</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</span> 10/08/2014 new-names-approved-for-five-features-on-titan New Names for Three Craters on Vesta The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters on Vesta: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15257">Angioletta</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15255">Hortensia</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15256">Sentia</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/07/2014 new-names-for-three-craters-on-vesta Crater on Mars Named López <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15254">L&oacute;pez</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc22_2014.pdf">the map of Mars quadrangle MC-22</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 10/07/2014 crater-on-mars-named-l-pez New Name for a Chaos on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15253">Caralis Chaos</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map of&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_2014.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 09/22/2014 new-name-for-a-chaos-on-mars New Names Approved for Two Craters on Mars: Bree and Kotka <p><img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Bree.jpg" alt="Bree" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/downloadWeb/news/images/nomenclature_Kotka.jpg" alt="Kotka" /></p> <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15251">Bree</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15252">Kotka</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 09/15/2014 new-names-approved-for-two-craters-on-mars-bree-and-kotka New Name for a Fossa on Enceladus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15247">Samaria Fossa</a>&nbsp;for a feature on Enceladus. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/enceladus_comp.pdf">map of Enceladus</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/21/2014 new-name-for-a-fossa-on-enceladus Three New Crater Names Approved for Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15244">Aneirin</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15245">Hafiz</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15246">Sanai</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/23/2014 three-new-crater-names-approved-for-mercury New Name for a Crater on the Moon The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15242">Malinkin</a> for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the map of the Moon quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_144_wac.pdf">LAC-144</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/20/2014 new-name-for-a-crater-on-the-moon New Name for a Tholus on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15241?__fsk=1208884113">Nili Tholus</a> for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc13_2014.pdf">MC-13</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.</a> 05/09/2014 new-name-for-a-tholus-on-mars New Name for a Mensa on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15173">Ophir Mensa</a>&nbsp;for a&nbsp;feature on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_mola.pdf">MC-18</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/20/2013 new-name-for-a-mensa-on-mars New Names for Three Craters on Mars - Betio, Byala, and Halba The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;three craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15170">Betio</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15171">Byala</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15172">Halba</a>.<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </span> 11/12/2013 new-names-for-three-craters-on-mars-betio-byala-and-halba New Name for a Crater on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15169">Sitrah</a>&nbsp;for a&nbsp;crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc24_mola.pdf">MC-24</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/25/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mars-3 New Name for a Crater on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15168">Dollfus</a>&nbsp;for a&nbsp;crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_mola.pdf">MC-19</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/22/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mars-2 New Coordinates for Named Features on Mercury <p>In 2013, the coordinates of the named features in the Mercury portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature were updated from values from the Preliminary MESSENGER control network to values in the MESSENGER Team system. This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 9.3.1 and the <a href="http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_mission/mosaics.html">global mosaic of Mercury</a> produced with orbital images by the MESSENGER team and released by NASA’s Planetary Data System on March 8, 2013. This new global mosaic includes 100% coverage of Mercury’s surface. </p> <p>The extents and sizes of the named features were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify named features and their rough extents. </p> <p>The Mercury portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site now defaults to showing feature coordinates that match the MESSENGER team’s global mosaic. The original ‘Unknown’ source coordinates and the Preliminary MESSENGER coordinates are still retained in the gazetteer, but these data sets are now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names. </p> 10/18/2013 new-coordinates-for-named-features-on-mercury New Name for a Martian Crater - Koshoba The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15167">Koshoba</a> for a&nbsp;crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc13_mola.pdf">MC-13</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/27/2013 new-name-for-a-martian-crater-koshoba New Name for a Crater on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15166">Artik</a> for a&nbsp;crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_mola.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/30/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mars-1 New Name for a Crater on Iapetus The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15164">Abisme</a> for a&nbsp;crater on Iapetus. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/iapetus_comp.pdf">map of Iapetus</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/16/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-iapetus New Names for Four Features on Mars The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;four features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15160">Electris Mons</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15161">Eridania Mons</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15162">Sirenum Mons</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15163">Sirenum Tholus</a>.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </span> 08/12/2013 new-names-for-four-features-on-mars New Names for Three Craters on Mars The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;three craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15158">Belyov</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15157">Reutov</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15159">Tyuratam</a>.<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/05/2013 new-names-for-three-craters-on-mars New Names for Three Sulci and One Regio on Ganymede The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;four features on Ganymede: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15153">Melotte Regio</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15154">Babylon Sulci</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15155">Borsippa Sulcus</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15156">Mummu Sulci</a>.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/30/2013 new-names-for-three-sulci-and-one-regio-on-ganymede New Name for a Crater on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15152">Martynov</a> for a&nbsp;crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc26_mola.pdf">MC-26</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/15/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mars New Name for a Palus on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15151">Hadriacus Palus</a>&nbsp;for a&nbsp;small plain&nbsp;on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_mola.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/08/2013 new-name-for-a-palus-on-mars Names Approved for Pluto's Moons P4 and P5 <p>The IAU has approved the names Kerberos for Pluto's moon formerly known as P4, and Styx for Pluto's moon formerly known as P5. For detailed information about this naming, see the <a href="http://www.iau.org/public_press/news/detail/iau1303/">IAU press release</a>. For more information about Kerberos and Styx and other moons and planets in our Solar System, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets">Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </p> 07/02/2013 names-approved-for-pluto-s-moons-p4-and-p5 New Name for a Crater on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15148?__fsk=-767905027">Fuller</a> for a crater on Mercury.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </span> 06/25/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mercury-2 New Name for a Valley System on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15147">Bashkaus Valles</a> for a&nbsp;valley system on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_mola.pdf">MC-19</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/25/2013 new-name-for-a-valley-system-on-mars Nine New Names Approved for Craters on Mercury <p>The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;nine&nbsp;craters&nbsp;on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15138">Bechet</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15139">Damer</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15140">David</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15141">Ert&eacute;</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15142">Larrocha</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15143">Laxness</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15144">Monk</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15145">Rikyū</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15146">Varma</a>.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </p> 06/17/2013 nine-new-names-approved-for-craters-on-mercury New Name for a Crater on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15137">Duccio</a> for a crater on Mercury.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/13/2013 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mercury-1 New Names for Ten Rupes on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;ten rupēs&nbsp;on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15127">Alvin Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15128?__fsk=-2105397552">Belgica Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15129?__fsk=997039086">Calypso Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15130?__fsk=-910098862">Carnegie Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15131?__fsk=178056700">Duyfken Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15132?__fsk=-1895798167">Eltanin Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15133?__fsk=810489012">Enterprise Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15134?__fsk=611560951">Nautilus Rupes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15135?__fsk=1608672592">Palmer Rupes</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15136?__fsk=704585501">Terror Rupes</a>.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/03/2013 new-names-for-ten-rupes-on-mercury New Names for Seven Craters on Mars <p>The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;seven craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15125">Asau</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15120">Gunjur</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15121">Kalba</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15122">Neves</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15123">Obock</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15124">Quthing</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15126">Wafra</a>.<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </p> 06/03/2013 new-names-for-seven-craters-on-mars New Names for Two Craters on Mars The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;two craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15149">Blunck</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15150">Gringauz</a>.<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/01/2013 new-names-for-two-craters-on-mars-2 New Name for a Lacus on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15117">Ladoga Lacus</a> for a&nbsp;lacus on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/NP_lakes_low_noboundaries.pdf">image of the north pole region of Titan</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/24/2013 new-name-for-a-lacus-on-titan New Names for Two Craters on Mars The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;two craters on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15118">Roddy</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15119">Luba</a>.<span style="white-space: normal; text-transform: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; color: #222222; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; widows: 2; display: inline !important; letter-spacing: normal; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"> For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 05/31/2013 new-names-for-two-craters-on-mars-1 New Names for Five Valles on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;five valles on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15110">Angkor Vallis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15111">Cahokia Vallis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15112">Caral Vallis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15113">Paestum Vallis</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15114">Timgad Vallis</a><span style="widows: 2; text-transform: none; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; float: none; color: #222222; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">. For more information, see the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/30/2013 new-names-for-five-valles-on-mercury Changes to Valles and Catenae on Mercury The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved some changes for Mercury nomenclature. Arecibo Vallis has been changed to Arecibo Catena, Goldstone Vallis has been changed to Goldstone Catena, Haystack Vallis has been changed to Haystack Catena, and Simeiz Vallis has been dropped. The theme for catenae on Mercury is&nbsp;"Radio telescope facilities," and the theme for valles is "Abandoned cities (or towns or settlements) of antiquity."&nbsp;For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">feature categories</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/26/2013 changes-to-valles-and-catenae-on-mercury New Image Base for 1:1 Million-Scale Lunar Maps <p>The 1:1 million-scale maps of the Moon in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now show the <a href="http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/">Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera</a> (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) <a href="http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/global_product/100_mpp_global_bw">global morphologic map</a>&nbsp;as the base. Previous versions of the maps used&nbsp;the USGS shaded relief and color-coded topography and&nbsp;the USGS Lunar Orbiter mosaics as the base.&nbsp;The previous versions are no longer supported; URLs that linked to&nbsp;these versions have been redirected to the current maps with the LROC WAC image base. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Moon1to1MAtlas">page</a> that describes these maps in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/18/2013 new-image-base-for-1-1-million-scale-lunar-maps Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15097">Alver</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15098">Donelaitis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15099">Flaiano</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15100">Hurley</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15101">L'Engle</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15102">Lovecraft</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15103">Pahinui</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15104">Petőfi</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15105">Roerich</a><span style="widows: 2; text-transform: none; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; float: none; color: #222222; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">. For more information, see the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/15/2013 names-approved-for-nine-craters-on-mercury-1 New Name Approved for a Vallis on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15109?__fsk=-618896043">Farah Vallis</a> for a&nbsp;valley on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_mola.pdf">MC-23</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 04/03/2013 new-name-approved-for-a-vallis-on-mars Two New Lacus Names for Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15096?__fsk=-1590251409">Urmia Lacus</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15095?__fsk=1803525740">Sionascaig Lacus</a> for use on Titan. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/12/2013 two-new-lacus-names-for-titan Candor Sulci and Nia Tholus Approved on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15093?__fsk=-1242953358">Candor Sulci</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15094">Nia&nbsp;Tholus</a>. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/11/2013 candor-sulci-and-nia-tholus-approved-on-mars Mars Crater Named Farim The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15092?__fsk=457033093">Farim</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_mola.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/11/2013 mars-crater-named-farim New Names for a Mons and a Tholus on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for&nbsp;two features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15090?__fsk=1493828549">Aonia Mons</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15089?__fsk=491732030">Aonia Tholus</a>. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/04/2013 new-names-for-a-mons-and-a-tholus-on-mars New Name for a Channel on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15088">Vid Flumina</a> for a&nbsp;channel&nbsp;on Titan. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 02/13/2013 new-name-for-a-channel-on-titan Martian Crater Named Lucaya The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15087">Lucaya</a> for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_mola.pdf">map of MC-21</a> in the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 01/30/2013 martian-crater-named-lucaya Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15097">Alver</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15098">Donelaitis</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15099">Flaiano</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15100">Hurley</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15101">L'Engle</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15102">Lovecraft</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15103">Pahinui</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15104">Petőfi</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15105">Roerich</a><span style="widows: 2; text-transform: none; background-color: #ffffff; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: 13px arial, sans-serif; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; float: none; color: #222222; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">. For more information, see the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 03/15/2013 names-approved-for-nine-craters-on-mercury Names for Five Colles and One Patera on Titan The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five colles&nbsp;on Titan (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15072?__fsk=1163260577">Arwen Colles</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15073?__fsk=1896799720">Bilbo Colles</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15074?__fsk=1471182007">Faramir Colles</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15075?__fsk=-421250460">Handir Colles</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15076?__fsk=-926648244">Nimloth Colles</a>). The feature formerly called Sotra Facula has been changed to <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15077">Sotra Patera</a>. For more information, see <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp_VIMSimage.pdf">this image of Titan</a> in the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 12/19/2012 names-for-five-colles-and-one-patera-on-titan New Names for Six Features on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for&nbsp;six features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15066?__fsk=-1861822484">Camichel</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15067?__fsk=458307793">Dukhan</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15068?__fsk=1684611912">Kolonga</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15069">Liberta</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15070?__fsk=129699019">Sibut</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15071?__fsk=-765928091">Okavango Valles</a>. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/26/2012 new-names-for-six-features-on-mars Fifteen New Names for Vesta <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for eleven craters, two catenae, one dorsum, and one tholus on Vesta (Albana, Domna, </span><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Eumachia, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Eutropia, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Fonteia, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Galeria, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Mamilia, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Myia, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Paulina, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Pomponia, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Torquata, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Albalonga Catena, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Robigalia Catena, <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Lavinium Dorsum, and <span style="widows: 2; orphans: 2; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Brumalia Tholus)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/"><span style="background: #faffff;">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</span></a>.</span></p> 11/21/2012 fifteen-new-names-for-vesta Eight New Names for Titan Surface Features The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven montes and one fluctus on Titan (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15043?__fsk=613904591">Mohini Fluctus</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15044?__fsk=-1625367587">Doom Mons</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15045?__fsk=-273561005">Erebor Mons</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15046?__fsk=426910680">Irensaga Montes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15047?__fsk=-201900056">Mindolluin Montes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15048?__fsk=-1995260889">Misty Montes</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15049">Mithrim Montes</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15050?__fsk=1646874874">Taniquetil Montes</a>).&nbsp;For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 11/13/2012 eight-new-names-for-titan-surface-features New Names for Five Paterae and One Cavus on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five paterae and one cavus on Mars:&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15037?__fsk=-398970421">Eden Patera</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15038?__fsk=-502662288">Euphrates Patera</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15039?__fsk=1767642947">Ismenia Patera</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15041?__fsk=-494088741">Oxus Patera</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15040?__fsk=-604082357">Oxus Cavus</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15042?__fsk=1034391365">Siloe Patera</a>.&nbsp;For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 10/29/2012 new-names-for-five-paterae-and-one-cavus-on-mars New Name for a Small Vallis on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15036?__fsk=-365499458">Peace Vallis</a> for a small valley near the Mars Science Laboratory landing site in Gale crater.&nbsp;For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/26/2012 new-name-for-a-small-vallis-on-mars New Names for Two Features on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two&nbsp;features on Mars: <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15034?__fsk=-1804947650">Candor Colles</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15035?__fsk=419605019">Ceti Labes</a>. For more information, see the IAU <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/18/2012 new-names-for-two-features-on-mars Mercury Crater Named Chesterton The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15033?__fsk=-188654396">Chesterton</a> for the crater on Mercury located at&nbsp;88.3N, 134.5W. For details,&nbsp;see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">map of Mercury quadrangle H-1</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/17/2012 mercury-crater-named-chesterton Small Martian Crater Named Yellowknife The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15032?__fsk=-446828222">Yellowknife</a> for the Martian crater located at 4.58S, 137.44E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_mola.pdf">map of MC-23</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 09/10/2012 small-martian-crater-named-yellowknife Three New Names Approved for Martian Features The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15029?__fsk=-902951450">Cayon</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15030?__fsk=-1858828760">Fancy</a>) and a serpens (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15031?__fsk=1980652514">Aeolis Serpens</a>) on Mars. For more information, see the&nbsp;maps of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc15_mola.pdf">MC-15</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_mola.pdf">MC-23</a> for Aeolis Serpens and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc28_mola.pdf">MC-28</a> for Cayon and Fancy in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 08/27/2012 three-new-names-approved-for-martian-features Coordinates of Named Features on Io Updated to Voyager/Galileo SSI <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">In 2012, the coordinates of the named features in the </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/IO/target"><strong><span style="line-height: 115%;">Io portion</span></strong></a><span style="line-height: 115%;"> of the International Astronomical Union </span><a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/"><strong><span style="line-height: 115%;">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</span></strong></a><span style="line-height: 115%;"> were updated from values from historical sources to values in the </span><a href="http://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/alfresco/d/d/workspace/SpacesStore/af0c093e-e4cb-4b1a-8182-38f036afb2a3/isprs_etm_OCT01_archinal_io_control_net.pdf"><strong><span style="line-height: 115%;">Voyager/Galileo SSI control network</span></strong></a><span style="line-height: 115%;">. The purpose of this work was to facilitate the identification of named features on Io. Dots representing the center coordinates of named features should fall in the centers of the features when displayed on any map product based on the Voyager/Galileo SSI reference frame. The extents and sizes of the named features were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify named features and their rough extents. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 10.0 and the <span>2011</span> </span><a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3168/"><strong><span style="line-height: 115%;">Geologic Map of Io</span></strong></a><span style="line-height: 115%;"> by David Williams et al. Vectors describing feature extents are based on the geologic contacts shown on this map. We are also grateful for help and advice provided by Dr. Rosaly Lopes and Dr. Jani Radebaugh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">The Io portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site now defaults to showing feature coordinates in the frame of the Voyager/Galileo SSI control network. The original coordinates (from unknown sources) are still retained in the gazetteer and can be viewed by selecting the desired coordinate set from a dropdown menu on the feature pages. The "Unknown" coordinates are&nbsp;now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names. </span></p> 08/20/2012 coordinates-of-named-features-on-io-updated-to-voyager-galileo-ssi Nine New Crater Names Approved on Mercury The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved&nbsp;nine new names for craters on Mercury: Egonu, Gaud&iacute;, Kandinsky, Petronius, Prokofiev, Tolkien, Tryggvad&oacute;ttir, Qiu Ying, and Yoshikawa. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/MERCURY/target">list of&nbsp;Mercury feature names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">map of Mercury quadrangle H-1</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/30/2012 nine-new-crater-names-approved-on-mercury New Name for a Dorsa on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15019?__fsk=114869255">Aeolis Dorsa</a>&nbsp;for the Martian feature located at 5.0S, 152.6E. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_mola.pdf">map of MC-23</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/27/2012 new-name-for-a-dorsa-on-mars New Name for a Chasma on Venus The southern segment of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/1512?__fsk=-1033824446">Devana Chasma</a> on Venus has been renamed <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15018?__fsk=1148056962">Rona Chasma</a>. For more information, see the maps of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v29_comp.pdf">V-29</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v41_comp.pdf">V-41</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/20/2012 new-name-for-a-chasma-on-venus New Names for a Crater and a Colles on Mars The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15016?__fsk=-1030460376">Lederberg</a> for the Martian crater located at 13N, 314E and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15017?__fsk=-1463242948">Ulysses Colles</a> for the colles at 6.1N, 236.9E.&nbsp;For more information, see the maps of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc9_mola.pdf">MC-9</a> (for Ulysses Colles) and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc10_mola.pdf">MC-10</a>&nbsp;(for Lederberg)&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 07/20/2012 new-names-for-a-crater-and-a-colles-on-mars New Names Approved for Twelve Small Lunar Craters The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved&nbsp;12 new names for small craters on the Moon: Albert, Borya, Gena, Igor, Kolya, Kostya, Leonid, Nikolya, Slava, Valera, Vasya, and Vitya. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_24_lo.pdf">map of LAC 24</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/Lunokhod-1_traverse_map_Luna_17.pdf">Lunokhod-1 traverse map</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. 06/15/2012 new-names-approved-for-twelve-small-lunar-craters Martian Crater Named Moanda <p> The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15015?__fsk=-914720692">Moanda</a> for the Martian crater located at 35.93S, 320.0E. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc26_mola.pdf">map of MC-26</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. </p> 07/05/2012 martian-crater-named-moanda Martian Crater Coordinates now in MDIM 2.1 <p>In October 2010, the coordinates of the named craters in the Martian portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from the Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) 2.0 control network to values in the <a href="http://www.isprs.org/proceedings/XXXV/congress/comm4/papers/464.pdf">MDIM 2.1 control network</a>. The purpose of this work is to facilitate the identification of named Martian craters. The locations of the craters in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">KML and shapefiles</a> will correspond to the crater locations on any map product that was created using the same MDIM 2.1 control network.</p> <p>The extents and sizes of the named craters were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify the craters and their rough extents. A link to a more precise <a href="http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2010/pdf/2257.pdf">global crater database by Stuart Robbins</a> will be provided when available.</p> <p>This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 9.3.1 and the <a href="http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/MDIM21/">Mars Digial Image Mosaic 2.1</a>. Some small craters are not resolved well in the MDIM 2.1 image; for these cases, feature coordinates were derived from the <a href="http://themis.asu.edu/news/themis-camera-yields-best-mars-map-ever">Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) Day IR 100m global mosaic</a>. We would like to thank Stuart Robbins (University of Colorado, Boulder) for sharing a portion of his forthcoming global crater database, which provided a valuable and time-saving starting point for this work.</p> <p>The Martian portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now defaults to a new set of coordinates; the craters match MDIM 2.1, and the non-crater features are still in the MDIM 2.0 control network. The craters were updated first because they are the smallest features and therefore the mismatch between MDIM 2.0 and MDIM 2.1 was most obvious. Named non-crater features will be updated at a later date. The data set that contains all of the features in the MDIM 2.0 control network is still retained in the gazetteer, but is now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names.</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:11 MST martian-crater-coordinates-now-in-mdim-21 Coordinates of Named Lunar Features Now Available in LOLA Reference Frame <p>In 2012, coordinates of the named features in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/MOON/target">lunar portion</a> of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> were updated. Previous coordinates were based on maps using the <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1367/">Unified Lunar Control Network (ULCN) 2005</a>&nbsp;coordinate reference frame. The new coordinates are derived from maps made in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) <a href="http://www.springerlink.com/content/08342100q5k36501/">Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)</a> coordinate reference frame. These reference frames are referred to the <a href="http://www.springerlink.com/content/g272325h45517581/">mean Earth/polar axis reference coordinate system for the Moon</a>. The updated coordinates will facilitate the identification of named lunar features on images derived from LOLA topography. Dots representing the center coordinates of named features should fall in the centers of the features when displayed on any map product based on the LOLA reference frame.</p> <p>The extents and sizes of named features were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify named features and their rough extents. A link to a more precise lunar crater database (now in preparation) by Dr. Nadine Barlow will be provided when available.</p> <p>This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 10.0 as a display tool, a lunar hillshade image based on LOLA topography (LDEM_128.jp2, 128 pixels/degree or 237 m/pixel, released December 2011, <a href="http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/lro/lola.htm">http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/lro/lola.htm</a>), and a LRO Wide Angle Camera (WAC) image mosaic (released November 2011, <a href="http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/global_product/100_mpp_global_bw">http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/global_product/100_mpp_global_bw</a>). Feature boundaries were determined using both images, but the features were aligned to the LOLA hillshade image where there were slight discrepancies.</p> <p>The lunar portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site now displays feature coordinates in the LOLA reference frame. The original coordinates (from unknown sources) and the ULCN 2005 coordinates are retained in the gazetteer and can be viewed by gazetteer users by selecting the desired coordinate set from a dropdown menu on the feature pages. The &ldquo;Unknown&rdquo; and ULCN 2005 coordinates are now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names.</p> 06/04/2012 coordinates-of-named-lunar-features-now-available-in-lola-reference-frame First Names Approved for Asteroid (2867) Steins <p>The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 23 craters and one regio on asteroid (2867) Steins. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/STEINS/target">list of Steins feature names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/steins.pdf">image of Steins</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 05/11/2012 first-names-approved-for-asteroid-2867-steins Three New Names Approved for Earth's Moon <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Moon crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/17/2009 three-new-names-approved-for-earth's-moon Nine New Ring Gap Names Approved for Saturn's Ring System <p>The following names have been approved for gaps in Saturn's ring system: Bond Gap, Dawes Gap, Herschel Gap, Russell Gap, Jeffreys Gap, Kuiper Gap, Laplace Gap, Bessel Gap, and Barnard Gap. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">"Ring and Ring Gap Nomenclature" page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 02/09/2009 nine-new-ring-gap-names-approved-for-saturn's-ring-system Nineteen New Names Approved for Earth's Moon <p>The names Aepinus, Bosch, Erlanger, Fibiger, Florey, Gore, Grignard, Haber, Hevesy, Haskin, Houssay, Ibn Bajja, Kocher, Kuhn, Laveran, Nefed'ev, Svedberg, von Baeyer, and Wapowski have been approved for craters in the north and south polar regions of the Moon. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Moon crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 01/22/2009 nineteen-new-names-approved-for-earth's-moon Two New Crater Names Approved for Earth's Moon <p>The names Haworth and Lenard have been approved for the lunar craters located at 86.8S, 4W, and 85.2N, 105W, respectively. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Moon crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 10/30/2008 two-new-crater-names-approved-for-earth's-moon Division Named in Saturn's Ring System <p>The name Roche Division has been approved for the division between Saturn's A and F rings. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">ring nomenclature page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 12/26/2007 division-named-in-saturn's-ring-system Descriptor Term Mare Maria Approved for use on Titan <p>The descriptor term mare/maria has been approved for use on Titan for large expanses of dark materials thought to be liquid hydrocarbons. The theme for maria on Titan is "Sea creatures from myth and literature." Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 11/16/2007 descriptor-term-mare-maria-approved-for-use-on-titan Dwarf Planet 136472 2005 FY9 Named Makemake <p>The name Makemake has been approved for the transneptunian dwarf planet (136472) 2005 FY9. Makemake is a creator god of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). For more information, see the page "<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers</a>" in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>, and the <a href="http://www.iau.org/public_press/news/release/iau0806/">IAU press release</a>.</p> 07/14/2008 dwarf-planet-136472-2005-fy9-named-makemake Pluto's Moons Named Hydra and Nix <p>Pluto's two newest satellites have been named Hydra and Nix by the International Astronomical Union. For more information, refer to the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>, particularly the page that describes <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">planet and satellite names and their discoverers</a>.</p> 06/26/2006 pluto's-moons-named-hydra-and-nix Martian Patera Sizes Adjusted and New Mons and Tholus Names Introduced <p>The descriptor term 'patera' is defined in the gazetteer as "an irregular crater, or a complex one with scalloped edges" (see <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/append5.jsp">Descriptor Terms</a>). The sizes of seven Martian features (Alba, Apollinaris, Biblis, Hadriaca, Tyrrhena, Ulysses, and Uranius Paterae) have increased over time from the sizes of the central depressions to the sizes of the entire edifices. In order to correct this inconsistency in the database, the sizes of these paterae have been adjusted to correspond only to the central depressions.</p><p>New names for the mons/tholus features have been introduced. The new names are: Alba Mons, Apollinaris Mons, Biblis Tholus, Hadriacus Mons, Tyrrhenus Mons, Ulysses Tholus, and Uranius Mons.</p> 09/19/2007 martian-patera-sizes-adjusted-and-new-mons-and-tholus-names-introduced Name approved for Saturn's satellite S/2007 S 4 <p>The name Anthe has been approved for Saturn XLIX. Anthe is one of the Alkyonides, the seven beautiful daughters of the Giant Alkyoneos. Anthe orbits in the region between Methone and Pallene, named for two other Alkyonides. Please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers page</a>�in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 08/23/2007 name-approved-for-saturn-s-satellite-s-2007-s-4 Changes to Venus Nomenclature <p>The name Mnemosyne Regio has been dropped, and the name Metis Regio has been changed to Metis Mons. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Venus">Venus section</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 12/09/2009 changes-to-venus-nomenclature Change to IAU rule <p>Rule number 3 on page <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/rules.html">http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/rules.html</a>&nbsp;has been amended to better describe the circumstances under which planetary features are named.</p> 03/20/2006 change-to-iau-rule New Names for Enceladus <p>The following names have been approved for use on Enceladus: Al-Bakbuk, Al-Fakik, Al-Haddar, Al-Kuz, Al-Mustazi, Ayyub, Aziz, Behram, Fitnah, Ghanim, Hassan, Jansha, Khusrau, Marjanah, Omar, Otbah, Rayya, Shakashik, Sharrkan, Shirin, Zumurrud, Cufa Dorsa, Ebony Dorsum, Anbar Fossae, Khorasan Fossa, Alexandria Sulcus, Baghdad Sulcus, Cairo Sulcus, Camphor Sulcus, Cashmere Sulci, Damascus Sulcus, Hamah Sulci, Labtayt Sulci, L&aacute;hej Sulci, and Mosul Sulci.</p><p>For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/13/2006 new-names-for-enceladus Furachoga Corona Dropped <p>Detailed geologic mapping has revealed that Furachoga Corona on Venus is a deformation belt rather than a corona. This name, which was approved in 1997, has been dropped and is no longer in use.</p> 02/05/2007 furachoga-corona-dropped No More Provisional Names <p>There has been an important change in the approval process for planetary feature names; the designation of "provisional nomenclature" is no longer used. As soon as the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append2.html">IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;(WGPSN) has successfully reviewed a name, it is considered approved and can be used in publications. Immediately after WGPSN approval, names are entered into the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. Any objections to these names based on significant, substantive problems must be forwarded in writing or email to the <a href="http://www.iau.org/Divisions.85.0.html?&amp;tx_ameosiaudynform1_pi1[itemid]=III">IAU Division III</a> president within three months of the names being published in the gazetteer.</p><p>This new policy will allow for much more efficient use of planetary feature names for the scientific community, and it will streamline and simplify the use of planetary feature names in the publication process.</p> 09/06/2006 no-more-provisional-names New Phobos Maps <p>Two new maps of Phobos showing named features have been added to the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. One map is a <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/phobos-cylindrical-grid.pdf">global view</a> in cylindrical projection, and the other shows north and south <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/phobos-hemispheres-grid.pdf">hemispherical views</a>.</p> 03/13/2007 new-phobos-maps New Name on Mars <p>The name Ganges Chaos has been provisionally approved for use on Mars. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information about this name and an image showing the feature.</p> 07/07/2006 new-name-on-mars New name on Venus <p>The name Lindgren Patera has been provisionally approved for Venus. This feature can be seen on the image of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v16_comp.pdf">V-16</a> from the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 06/01/2006 new-name-on-venus Spelling of Saturn XXVIII <p>The spelling of the saturnian satellite Erriapo has been changed from the dative to the nominative case: Erriapus.</p> 12/17/2007 spelling-of-saturn-xxviii New Names for Phobos <p>Eight new names for craters on Phobos have been approved by the IAU. The names are Clustril, Drunlo, Flimnap, Grildrig, Gulliver, Limtoc, Reldresal, and Skyresh. For more information about these feature names, please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 12/04/2006 new-names-for-phobos New Names on Mars <p>Five new names have been approved for Mars: Angustus Labyrinthus, Chronius Mons, Promethei Mons, Sisyphi Tholus, and Thyles Montes. The names Australis Patera, Angusta Patera, and Cavi Frigores have been marked as dropped in the database. New imagery has shown that the two paterae were named using the wrong descriptor term, and the area previously named Cavi Frigores has been incorporated into the adjacent Cavi Angusti.</p><p>The definition of the descriptor term labyrinthus has been expanded from "Complex of intersecting valleys" to "Complex of intersecting valleys or ridges."</p><p>See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 09/14/2006 new-names-on-mars Cerberus Fossae Expanded <p>The boundary of the Martian feature Cerberus Fossae has been expanded to include nearby fossae. Please see the listing in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for the new coordinates and size.</p> 10/11/2007 cerberus-fossae-expanded Phobos Images with Names <p>The <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> now contains&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Phobos_comp.pdf">images</a> showing the recently approved names on Phobos.</p> 01/29/2007 phobos-images-with-names New Names on Venus <p>The following names have been provisionally approved by the IAU for features on Venus. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>Chanum Coronae</p><p>Witte Patera</p><p>Azimua Tholi</p><p>Otohime Tholus</p><p>The name Oanuava Corona has been changed to the plural form Oanuava Coronae.</p> 07/19/2006 new-names-on-venus Provisional Names Approved <p>All of the names that have been provisionally approved by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature over the past three years were fully approved by the IAU at the General Assembly in Prague last week. The codes in the 'approval status' field for these names have been changed from '3' which denotes provisionally approved to '5' which denotes fully approved. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;for details.</p> 08/30/2006 provisional-names-approved Martian Crater Named Toro <p>The name Toro has been approved for the Martian crater located at 17.05N, 288.24W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/24/2008 martian-crater-named-toro New Name for Martian Crater <p>The name Louth has been approved for the martian crater located at 70.2N, 256.88W. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 02/07/2007 new-name-for-martian-crater Mercury Crater Named Rembrandt <p>The name Rembrandt has been approved for the Mercury crater located at 33.2S, 271.8W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=1&amp;bodyID=9&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mercury&amp;body=Mercury&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Mercury crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/27/2009 mercury-crater-named-rembrandt Name Approved for Crater on Titan <p>The name Afekan has been approved for the crater on Titan located at 25.8N, 200.3W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Titan crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 08/04/2008 name-approved-for-crater-on-titan Titan Mare and Insula Names <p>The IAU has approved three new names for Titan surface features. Two of the "seas" near Titan's north pole have been named Kraken Mare and Ligeia Mare, and the large island in the northern part of Kraken Mare has been named Mayda Insula.</p><p>For more information about these new names, please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Titan portion</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>, and the image <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/NP_lakes_low_noboundaries.pdf">that shows the north pole region</a>.</p> 04/11/2008 titan-mare-and-insula-names New Lacus Name on Titan <p>The name Jingpo Lacus has been approved for the feature located at 73N, 336W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Titan surface features</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/NP_lakes_low_noboundaries.pdf">map of the north polar region</a> of Titan in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/29/2010 new-lacus-name-on-titan Spelling of Saturnian Satellite Changed <p>The spelling of the name of Saturn XLIV has been changed from Hyrokkin to Hyrrokkin, the original Norse spelling. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">page that describes planet and satellite names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/12/2007 spelling-of-saturnian-satellite-changed New Name for a Crater on Mercury <p>The name Rachmaninoff has been approved for the crater on Mercury located at 27.6N, 302.4W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=1&amp;bodyID=9&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mercury&amp;body=Mercury&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Mercury crater names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-5.pdf">map of this region of Mercury</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/18/2010 new-name-for-a-crater-on-mercury Jupiter L Named Herse <p>The name Herse has been approved for Juipter L. Herse is a daughter of Zeus and divine moon (Selene). For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">"Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/09/2009 jupiter-l-named-herse New Approval Status Code <p>A new approval status code has been added to the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;to distinguish 45 lunar names that are listed in the gazetteer, but were never officially approved by the IAU. The approval status code for these names is 7, and the names are shown in brown type and in brackets in the gazetteer lists. Please see the page <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/specifics.html">Specifics of the Gazetteer</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> 03/27/2007 new-approval-status-code Names Approved for 31 Craters on Mars <p>The following names for 31 craters on Mars have been approved by the IAU: Ada, Alamos, Beruri, Bopolu, Cefal, Chupadero, Dulovo, Elorza, Grindavik, Hargraves, Hashir, Iazu, Jrn, Kontum, Lismore, Makhambet, Martin, Mazamba, Nakusp, Ohara, Pebas, Runanga, Sefadu, Shardi, Soffen, Taytay, Uzer, Woking, Xainza, Yalgoo, and Zarand. For more information about these names, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 09/20/2006 names-approved-for-31-craters-on-mars Starting and Ending Latitudes and Longitudes <p>The starting and ending latitudes and longitudes for the named features on Venus, Mars, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are now available on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. These coordinates can be viewed by displaying the table of features for a body and then selecting "Show All Fields" near the top of the table, or by selecting the box labeled "Extent" at the bottom of the page.</p> 06/01/2006 starting-and-ending-latitudes-and-longitudes Martian Crater Named Matara <p>The name Matara has been approved for the martian crater located at 49.62S, 325.48W. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/30/2009 martian-crater-named-matara New Crater Name on Dione <p>The name Camilla has been approved for a crater (4.41S, 60.0W, 31.2 km) on Dione. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=2&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Dione&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of craters on Dione</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 02/13/2008 new-crater-name-on-dione New Name for a Corona on Venus <p>The name Azham Corona has been approved for the corona located at 66.4N, 252.7E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=2&amp;bodyID=17&amp;typeID=8&amp;system=Venus&amp;body=Venus&amp;type=Corona,%20coronae&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Venus corona names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v6_comp.pdf">map of Venus quadrangle V-6</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 12/09/2009 new-name-for-a-corona-on-venus Six New Names on Mars <p>The following names have been approved for Mars: Chaman, Eilat, Henry Moore, Pau, Vernal, and Wynn-Williams. For more information about these names and to see images that show their locations, please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 12/14/2006 six-new-names-on-mars New Satellite Names Approved <p>Thirteen names for saturnian sateliites (Aegir, Bebhionn, Bergelmir, Bestla, Farbauti, Fenrir, Fornjot, Hati, Hyrokkin, Kari, Loge, Skoll, and Surtur) and one name for a jovian satellite (Kore) have been approved by the IAU WGPSN. For more information, see the page that describes <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">Planet and Satellite Names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/29/2007 new-satellite-names-approved New Names Approved for Venus <p>Names for seven coronae and one tholus have been approved by the IAU for use on Venus. The names are Anjea Corona, Durga Corona, Hutash Corona, Ikas Coronae, Orbona Corona, Partula Corona, Parvati Corona, and Ezili Tholus. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 09/25/2006 new-names-approved-for-venus Martian Crater Named Saravan <p>The name Saravan has been approved for the Martian crater located at 16.96S, 54.0W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/06/2009 martian-crater-named-saravan Martian Crater Named Leighton <p>The name Leighton has been approved for the martian crater located at 3.0N, 302.3W. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian feature names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/03/2009 martian-crater-named-leighton Martian Crater Named Asimov <p>The name Asimov has been approved for the Martian crater located at 47.0S, 355.0W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 05/04/2009 martian-crater-named-asimov Name Approved for Martian Crater <p>The name Sinton has been approved for the 65 km Martian crater located at 40.7N, 31.6E. To see a map that shows this feature, visit the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc5_mola.pdf">Martian quadrangle MC-5</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 05/11/2007 name-approved-for-martian-crater Martian Patera Name Dropped <p>The name Diacria Patera has been officially dropped. The name was originally approved in 1985 for a circular feature located at 34.9N, 132.6W, but higher resolution imagery later revealed that the feature is not a patera.</p> 12/07/2007 martian-patera-name-dropped New Valles Name on Mars <p>The name Morava Valles has been approved for the system of valleys located at 13.4S, 24.4W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=46&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Vallis,%20valles&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian vallis names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/17/2008 new-valles-name-on-mars New Names for Uranus Rings <p>The following names have been approved for rings of Uranus:</p><p>Mu (for R/2003 U 1)</p><p>Nu (for R/2003 U 2)</p><p>Lambda (for 1986 U1R)</p><p>For more information, see the page that describes <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">ring and ring gap nomenclature</a>&nbsp;at the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;web site.</p> 11/13/2006 new-names-for-uranus-rings New Chaos Name for Mars <p>The name Erythraeum Chaos has been approved for the chaos feature located at 21.8S, 12.4W on Mars. See the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 12/06/2007 new-chaos-name-for-mars Martian Crater Named Kibuye <p>The name Kibuye has been approved for the Martian crater located at 29.13S, 178.29W. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 01/12/2010 martian-crater-named-kibuye New Name for a Vallis on Mars <p>The name Sungari Vallis has been approved for the Martian vallis located at 40.35S, 271.16W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=46&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Vallis,%20valles&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian vallis names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/11/2009 new-name-for-a-vallis-on-mars Martian Crater Named Endeavour <p>The name Endeavour has been approved for the Martian crater located at 2.28S, 5.23W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 10/20/2008 martian-crater-named-endeavour Martian Crater Named Cross <p>The name Cross has been approved for the Martian crater located at 30.2S, 157.8W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/19/2009 martian-crater-named-cross Saturnian Satellite Named Aegaeon <p>The name Aegaeon has been approved for Saturn LIII. Aegaeon is a hundred-armed giant, called Briareus by the gods. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">"Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 05/05/2009 saturnian-satellite-named-aegaeon Martian Crater Named Oyama <p>The name Oyama has been approved for the Martian crater located at 23.66N, 20.17W. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_mola.pdf">map of MC-11</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/26/2010 martian-crater-named-oyama New Names Approved for Dione <p>The IAU has approved 45 new names for surface features on Dione, including 34 craters, 3 catenae, 3 chasmata, 1 dorsa, and 4 fossae. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Dione&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=2&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Dione names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p><p>The following five changes to existing names were also approved:</p><p>Amata was moved to a smaller, well-defined crater.</p><p>Carthage Linea was changed to Carthage Fossae.</p><p>Cassandra was moved to a smaller, well-defined crater.</p><p>Padua Linea was changed to Padua Chasmata.</p><p>The length of Palatine Chasmata was amended and the descriptor term was changed to the plural form.</p> 03/18/2008 new-names-approved-for-dione New Labyrinthus Name on Titan <p>The descriptor term labyrinthus has been approved for use on Titan with the theme "Names of Planets from the Dune series of science fiction novels by American author Frank Herbert (1920-1986)." The name Sikun Labyrinthus has been approved for the feature located at 78S, 29W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Titan surface features</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 01/06/2010 new-labyrinthus-name-on-titan Martian Crater Named Capen <p>A 70 km crater on Mars, located at 6.57N, 345.73W, has been named for the American astronomer Charles F. Capen. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc12_mola.pdf">map of MC-12</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Mars">list of Martian feature names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 01/02/2008 martian-crater-named-capen Titan North Pole Image <p>An <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/NP_lakes_low_noboundaries.pdf">image mosaic of the north pole area of Titan</a> showing the newly named lacus features is now linked to the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 10/15/2007 titan-north-pole-image Dwarf Planet 2003 UB313 named Eris <p>The <a href="http://www.iau.org/HOME.2.0.html">International Astronomical Union</a> has approved the name Eris for the largest known dwarf planet (see CBAT <a href="http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/special/08747.pdf">Circular 8747</a>). Eris is the Greek goddess of chaos and strife; she created a quarrel among goddesses that led to the Trojan War. This name could be considered quite fitting for the body that has fueled the debate concerning <a href="http://www.iau.org/Resolutions_at_GA-XXVI.340.0.html">how to define a planet</a>. The name Eris was suggested by the discoverer, Michael Brown.</p><p>Eris satellite was named Dysnomia, for Eris daughter who carries the attribute of lawlessness.</p> 09/14/2006 dwarf-planet-2003-ub313-named-eris Name Approved for Uranian Ring <p>The name Zeta has been approved for Uranus ring 1986 U2R. For more information, see the page that describes <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">ring nomenclature</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/02/2007 name-approved-for-uranian-ring Mercury Maps Showing Named Features <p>A <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index_images.html">new set of maps</a> showing all IAU-approved names on Mercury is now available. These maps are based on <a href="http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/Messenger/">new mosaics of Mercury</a>, composed of images from the Mariner 10 and MESSENGER missions.</p> 01/06/2010 mercury-maps-showing-named-features Five New Names Approved for Martian Craters <p>The names Henbury, Layla, Lonar, Maricourt, and Steinheim have been approved by the IAU for five Martian craters. Details can be found in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/16/2007 five-new-names-approved-for-martian-craters New Names and an Amended Theme for Mercury <p>Fifteen new crater names and an amended theme for montes have been approved for Mercury.</p><p>The new crater names are: Amaral, Beckett, Dali, Enwonwu, Glinka, Hovnatanian, Moody, Munch, Navoi, Nawahi, Oskison, Poe, Qi Baishi, Raden Saleh, and Sher-Gil. For more information about these names, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Mercury">list of Mercury names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>The theme for montes on Mercury has been amended to "Word for "hot" in various languages." See the list of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append6.html">categories for naming features on planets and satellites</a> for a complete list of themes.</p> 11/20/2008 new-names-and-an-amended-theme-for-mercury Four New Names for Martian Surface Features <p>Three new crater names (Canillo, Doba, and Ehden) and one new planum name (Nepenthes Planum) have been approved for use on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc14_mola.pdf">map of MC-14</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian feature names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/01/2009 four-new-names-for-martian-surface-features Three New Names Approved for Use on Europa <p>The names Arran Chaos, Narberth Chaos, and Rathmore Chaos have been approved for use on Europa. See the page containing <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Jupiter&amp;body=Europa&amp;systemID=5&amp;bodyID=4&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Europa nomenclature</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 08/23/2007 three-new-names-approved-for-use-on-europa Six Names Approved for Martian Craters <p>Six new names have been approved for Martian craters: Horowitz, Kamnik, Kandi, Pursat, Roseau, and Yaren. For more information, see the l<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">ist of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/25/2009 six-names-approved-for-martian-craters New Corona Name Approved for Venus <p>The name Minona Corona has been approved for the corona located at 23.5N, 218.5E. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Venus">list of Venus feature names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v27_comp.pdf">map of Venus quadrangle V-27</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 03/14/2008 new-corona-name-approved-for-venus Twelve New Names Approved for Use on Titan <p>The following 12 names have been approved by the IAU for surface features on Titan: Elivagar Flumina, Abaya Lacus, Bolsena Lacus, Feia Lacus, Koitere Lacus, Mackay Lacus, M&yacute;vatn Lacus, Neagh Lacus, Oneida Lacus, Sotonera Lacus, Sparrow Lacus, and Waikare Lacus. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Titan section</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 09/28/2007 twelve-new-names-approved-for-use-on-titan Encke Division Changed to Encke Gap <p>The name Encke Division, part of Saturn's ring nomenclature, has been changed to Encke Gap in order to conform to the definiton of divisions and gaps recently posted on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">Ring and Ring Gap Nomenclature page</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/06/2008 encke-division-changed-to-encke-gap Martian Crater Formally Named Victoria <p>The name Victoria has been formally approved for the small Martian crater located at 2.05S, 5.5W in Meridiani Planum. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 12/30/2008 martian-crater-formally-named-victoria Lacus and Mare Names Approved for Titan <p>The names Kivu Lacus and Punga Mare have been approved for use on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Titan Nomenclature Table of Contents</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/14/2008 lacus-and-mare-names-approved-for-titan Six New Regio Names Approved for Europa <p>The following regio names have been approved for use on Europa: Annwn Regio, Balgatan Regio, Dyfed Regio, Falga Regio, Powys Regio, and Tara Regio. For more information about these names and the features to which they have been applied, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/europa_comp.pdf">Europa map</a> on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site</a>.</p> 05/11/2007 six-new-regio-names-approved-for-europa Two New Martian Crater Names Approved <p>Two new names have been approved for Martian craters: Cankuzo and Luqa. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/04/2010 two-new-martian-crater-names-approved Ten New Names Approved for Mercury Craters <p>The following names have been approved for craters on Mercury: Bek, Copland, Debussy, Dominici, Firdousi, Geddes, Hokusai, Kipling, Picasso, and Steichen. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=1&amp;bodyID=9&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mercury&amp;body=Mercury&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Mercury crater names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/mercuryAtlas.html">Mercury nomenclature maps</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/03/2010 ten-new-names-approved-for-mercury-craters First Features Named on Asteroid Itokawa <p>The IAU has provisionally approved names for three features on Itokawa. The names are MUSES-C Regio, Sagamihara Regio, and Uchinoura Regio. Please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for details.</p> 07/21/2006 first-features-named-on-asteroid-itokawa New Names for Iapetus Surface Features <p>The IAU has approved names for 39 craters, 9 montes, and 1 terra on Iapetus. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Iapetus&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=6&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Iapetus section</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 08/05/2008 new-names-for-iapetus-surface-features Names Approved for Three Small Martian Craters <p>The IAU has approved the names Avire, Niquero, and Triolet for three small craters in quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc24_mola.pdf">MC-24</a>. For more information about these features, please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Mars">Mars section</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/16/2008 names-approved-for-three-small-martian-craters Six New Crater Names Approved for Mimas <p>The names Dagonet, Lucas, Marhaus, Melyodas, Nero, and Royns have been approved for six craters on Mimas. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=10&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Mimas&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Mimas crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/15/2008 six-new-crater-names-approved-for-mimas New Names Approved for Four Satellites of Neptune <p>The following names have been approved for four satellites of Neptune:</p><p>Neptune IX (Halimede)</p><p>Neptune XI (Sao)</p><p>Neptune XII (Laomedeia)</p><p>Neptune XIII (Neso)</p><p>More information about these names can be found on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers</a> page in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 01/29/2007 new-names-approved-for-four-satellites-of-neptune New Names Approved for Craters on Rhea <p>Forty-two new names have been approved for craters on Rhea. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=13&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Rhea&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Rhea crater names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/rhea_comp.pdf">map of Rhea</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/23/2010 new-names-approved-for-craters-on-rhea Two New Names Approved for use on Mars <p>The name Olympia Rupēs has been approved for a series of scarps in the north polar region of Mars, and the name Jezero has been approved for a crater on the western edge of Isidis Planitia. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 07/25/2007 two-new-names-approved-for-use-on-mars Names for the Columbia astronauts provisionally approved <p>Names for seven craters in the Apollo basin on the Moon have been provisionally approved by the International Astronomical Union to honor the seven Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. The names can be seen in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11">list of lunar crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>The names are:</p><p>Husband</p><p>McCool</p><p>Chawla</p><p>L. Clark</p><p>M. Anderson</p><p>D. Brown</p><p>Ramon</p><p>Note that first initials have been used for Anderson, Brown, and Clark to distingiush them from other crater names on the Moon which honor persons with the same surnames.</p> 03/23/2006 names-for-the-columbia-astronauts-provisionally-approved Name Approved for Small Martian Crater <p>The name Bogia has been approved for the Martian crater at 44.3S, 276.84W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 08/11/2008 name-approved-for-small-martian-crater Nineteen New Names Approved for Earths Moon <p>The names Aepinus, Bosch, Erlanger, Fibiger, Florey, Gore, Grignard, Haber, Hevesy, Haskin, Houssay, Ibn Bajja, Kocher, Kuhn, Laveran, Nefed'ev, Svedberg, von Baeyer, and Wapowski have been approved for craters in the north and south polar regions of the Moon. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Moon crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 01/22/2009 nineteen-new-names-approved-for-earths-moon Division Named in Saturns Ring System <p>The name Roche Division has been approved for the division between Saturn's A and F rings. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">ring nomenclature page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 12/26/2007 division-named-in-saturns-ring-system Seven New Names in the Elysium Region of Mars <p>The following names in the Elysium region of Mars have been provisionally approved by the IAU. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>Aeolis Planum</p><p>Cerberus Palus</p><p>Cerberus Tholi</p><p>Lethe Vallis</p><p>Persbo</p><p>Tombaugh</p><p>Zephyria Planum</p> 06/20/2006 seven-new-names-in-the-elysium-region-of-mars Two New Names Approved for Use on Venus <p>The names Copacati Mons and Urash Corona have been approved for use on Venus. Please see the image of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v17_comp.pdf">Venus quadrangle V-17</a> and the feature lists in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v17_comp.pdf">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> 05/10/2007 two-new-names-approved-for-use-on-venus Three New Names Approved for Features on Titan <p>The names Arrakis Planitia, Polaznik Macula, and Uanui Virgae have been approved for features on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Titan surface features</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp.pdf">map of Titan</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/05/2010 three-new-names-approved-for-features-on-titan New Map Showing Enceladus Names <p>A new <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/enceladus_comp.pdf">map of Enceladus</a> showing all IAU-approved names has been posted on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/28/2006 new-map-showing-enceladus-names Fifteen New Names Approved for Mars <p>The following names have been provisionally approved by the IAU for features on Mars. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p><p>Abalos Mensa</p><p>Abalos Scopuli</p><p>Baetis Chaos</p><p>Boola</p><p>Columbia Valles</p><p>Chryse Colles</p><p>Crotone</p><p>Daga Vallis</p><p>Hyperborea Lingula</p><p>Jojutla</p><p>Olympia Cavi</p><p>Olympia Mensae</p><p>Puyo</p><p>Tenuis Mensa</p><p>Xanthe Chaos</p> 06/19/2006 fifteen-new-names-approved-for-mars Three New Crater Names Approved on Mars <p>The names Phedra, Tavua, and Zaranj have been approved for small Martian craters. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc14_mola.pdf">map of MC-14</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> 02/26/2008 three-new-crater-names-approved-on-mars Two New Names Approved for Martian Features <p>Two new names have been approved for use on Mars. The name Gasa has been applied to a small crater located at 35.68S, 230.72W (see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_mola.pdf">MC-29 map</a>), and the name Ismenius Cavus has been approved for the feature at 33.84N, 343.0W (see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc5_mola.pdf">MC-5 map</a>). For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian feature names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 08/06/2009 two-new-names-approved-for-martian-features New Name Approved for Martian Surface Feature <p>The name Gemina Lingula has been approved for a Martian feature located in the northern hemisphere at about 82N, 5E. For more information, see the map of the Martian quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc1_mola.pdf">MC-1</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/30/2007 new-name-approved-for-martian-surface-feature New Crater Name Approved on Titan <p>A crater on Titan located at 7.0N, 199.0W has been named Selk for the Egyptian goddess of knowledge, writing, education, and reptiles. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Titan list of craters</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index_images.html">images</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 02/15/2008 new-crater-name-approved-on-titan Large Crater on Mars Named Miyamoto <p>A 160 km crater on Mars has been named for Shotaro Miyamoto, a Japanese astronomer who made many important observations of Mars. The crater is located at 2.9S, 7.0W and can be seen on map&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_mola.pdf">MC-19</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 12/18/2007 large-crater-on-mars-named-miyamoto New Name Approved for Use on Venus <p>The Name Kono Mons has been approved for the Venusian feature located at 19.5N, 268.0E on Venus quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v28_comp.pdf">V-28</a>. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 03/06/2007 new-name-approved-for-use-on-venus Ten New Names Approved for Enceladus Features <p>The following new names have been approved by the IAU for sulci and fossae on Enceladus: Al-Medinah Sulci, Al-Yaman Sulci, Andal's Sulci, Bulak Sulcus, Makran Sulci, Misr Sulci, Shiraz Sulcus, Sind Sulci, Bishangarh Fossae, and Kaukab&aacute;n Fossae. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Enceladus&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=3&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Enceladus names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/enceladus_comp.pdf">Enceladus image</a> showing locations of named features.</p> 02/05/2010 ten-new-names-approved-for-enceladus-features Three New Names Approved for Earths Moon <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Moon crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/17/2009 three-new-names-approved-for-earths-moon Four New Crater Names Approved on Mars <p>The names Danielson, Galap, Lipik, and Sarh have been approved for Martian craters. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/12/2009 four-new-crater-names-approved-on-mars Two New Patera Names for Io <p>Two new patera names have been approved for use on Io: Prometheus Patera and Grian Patera. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 07/03/2007 two-new-patera-names-for-io New Regio Name Approved for Titan <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;typeID=35&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;type=Regio,%20regiones&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of regio names on Titan</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/titan_VIMS_comp.pdf">Titan VIMS mosaic</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 05/07/2009 new-regio-name-approved-for-titan Five New Crater Names Approved on Mars <p>Five new names (Coimbra, Kalocsa, Mellit, Naruko, and Penticton) have been approved for craters on Mars. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for details.</p> 01/22/2008 five-new-crater-names-approved-on-mars New names on Olympus Mons Mars <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc9_mola.pdf">MC-9 image</a>&nbsp;from the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/27/2006 new-names-on-olympus-mons-mars New Names for Two Small Craters on Venus <p>Two new names have been approved for small craters on Venus: Alina and Amelia. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=2&amp;bodyID=17&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Venus&amp;body=Venus&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Venus crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 11/03/2009 new-names-for-two-small-craters-on-venus New Name Approved for Venusian Crater <p>The name Larisa has been approved for the 3.7 km Venusian crater located at 18.47S, 131.0E. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 04/04/2007 new-name-approved-for-venusian-crater New Feature Names Approved for Tethys <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&amp;body=Tethys&amp;systemID=6&amp;bodyID=14&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">Tethys section</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 04/28/2008 new-feature-names-approved-for-tethys New Name Approved for a Mons on Mars <p>The name Syria Mons has been approved for the Martian mons located at 13.9S, 104.3W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;typeID=27&amp;system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;type=Mons,%20montes&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian mons names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/06/2009 new-name-approved-for-a-mons-on-mars Plutos Moons Named Hydra and Nix <p>Pluto's two newest satellites have been named Hydra and Nix by the International Astronomical Union. For more information, refer to the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>, particularly the page that describes <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">planet and satellite names and their discoverers</a>.</p> 06/26/2006 plutos-moons-named-hydra-and-nix Sixteen Names Approved for Craters on Mercury <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=1&amp;bodyID=9&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Mercury&amp;body=Mercury&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Mercury crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/09/2009 sixteen-names-approved-for-craters-on-mercury Seventeen New Names Approved for Craters on Enceladus <p>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 <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=3&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Enceladus&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Year&amp;show=Orig">list of Enceladus crater names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/enceladus_comp.pdf">Enceladus image</a> showing locations of named features.</p> 11/17/2009 seventeen-new-names-approved-for-craters-on-enceladus Three New Names Approved for Features on Mars <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15000">Aeolis Mons</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15001">Aeolis Palus</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/15002?__fsk=-162714053">Robert Sharp</a>. For more information, see the maps of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc22_mola.pdf">MC-22</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc23_mola.pdf">MC-23</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 05/16/2012 three-new-names-approved-for-features-on-mars New Name Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan <p>The descripter term planitia has been approved for use on Titan with the theme "Names of planets from the Dune series of science fiction novels by American author Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)." The first planitia name on Titan has also been approved; Chusuk Planitia is located at 5.0S, 23.5W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=6&amp;bodyID=30&amp;typeID=31&amp;system=Saturn&amp;body=Titan&amp;type=Planitia,%20planitiae&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Titan planitia names</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index_images.html">Titan images showing named features</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 08/04/2009 new-name-descriptor-term-and-theme-approved-for-use-on-titan Nine New Ring Gap Names Approved for Saturns Ring System <p>The following names have been approved for gaps in Saturn's ring system: Bond Gap, Dawes Gap, Herschel Gap, Russell Gap, Jeffreys Gap, Kuiper Gap, Laplace Gap, Bessel Gap, and Barnard Gap. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append8.html">"Ring and Ring Gap Nomenclature" page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 02/09/2009 nine-new-ring-gap-names-approved-for-saturns-ring-system Five New Names Approved for Titan Surface Features <p>The following five names have been approved for use on Titan: Ara Fluctus, Leilah Fluctus, Rohe Fluctus, Winia Fluctus, and Polelya Macula. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>&nbsp;for more information and an image that shows the locations of these features.</p> 03/02/2007 five-new-names-approved-for-titan-surface-features Four New Crater Names Approved for use on Mars <p>The names Corinto, Naryn, Thila, and Wiltz have been approved for four craters on Mars. Please see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Mars&amp;body=Mars&amp;systemID=4&amp;bodyID=8&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Martian crater names</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 07/01/2008 four-new-crater-names-approved-for-use-on-mars Six New Names Approved for Venus Surface Features <p>Six new names have been approved for use on Venus: Fulgora Dorsa, Heloha Fluctus, Sarasvati Mons, Akka Tholus, Eirene Tholus, and Yansa Tholus. All six of these features can be seen on the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v1_comp.pdf">Venus map V-1</a>. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Venus">list of Venus feature names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 09/04/2009 six-new-names-approved-for-venus-surface-features New Name Chryse Chaos and New Boundaries for Simud Valles on Mars <p>The IAU has approved a new name for a chaos feature, and defined new coordinates for a valles on Mars.</p><p>The name Chryse Chaos has been approved for the chaos feature located at 10.4N, 36.7W. The name Simud Vallis has been changed to the plural form of the descriptor term, Simud Valles, and the coordinates of the feature have been changed. Please see the listings in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> and the map of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_mola.pdf">Mars quadrangle MC-11</a> for details.</p> 03/31/2008 new-name-chryse-chaos-and-new-boundaries-for-simud-valles-on-mars Euclides D Reinstated for Lunar Crater Formerly Named Eppinger <p>The name Euclides D has been officially reinstated for the lunar crater formerly named Eppinger. The 6 km crater is located at 9.4S, 25.7W, on lunar map&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_76_lo.pdf">LAC 76</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=54&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Satellite%20Feature&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of satellite features (lettered craters)</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/index.html">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 07/13/2009 euclides-d-reinstated-for-lunar-crater-formerly-named-eppinger Two New Crater Names Approved for Earths Moon <p>The names Haworth and Lenard have been approved for the lunar craters located at 86.8S, 4W, and 85.2N, 105W, respectively. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=3&amp;bodyID=11&amp;typeID=9&amp;system=Earth&amp;body=Moon&amp;type=Crater,%20craters&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Moon crater names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 10/30/2008 two-new-crater-names-approved-for-earths-moon Fourteen New Names Approved for Craters and Regiones on Itokawa <p>The names Catalina, Fuchinobe, Gando, Hammaguira, Kamisunagawa, Kamoi, Komaba, Laurel, Miyabaru, San Marco, Arcoona Regio, LINEAR Regio, Ohsumi Regio, and Yoshinobu Regio have been approved for craters and regiones on Itokawa. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Asteroid%20Belt&amp;body=Itokawa&amp;systemID=12&amp;bodyID=67&amp;sort=AName&amp;show=Fname&amp;show=Lat&amp;show=Long&amp;show=Diam&amp;show=Stat&amp;show=Orig">list of Itokawa feature names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/18/2009 fourteen-new-names-approved-for-craters-and-regiones-on-itokawa Three New Saturnian Moon Names and Expansion of Theme <p>The IAU has approved names for three more Saturnian moons. They are:</p><p>Saturn L = S/2006 S 6 Jarnsaxa</p><p>Saturn LI = S/2006 S 4 Greip</p><p>Saturn LII = S/2007 S 1 Tarqeq</p><p>The theme for prograde satellites with an inclination of around 48 degrees has been expanded to include Inuit spirits. See the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html">Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers</a> page in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more details.</p> 09/21/2007 three-new-saturnian-moon-names-and-expansion-of-theme Twelve New Names and a New Theme for Fossae Approved for Use on Mercury <p>The following new names have been approved by the IAU for use on Mercury.</p><p>Craters: Apollodorus, Atget, Cunningham, Eminescu, Kert&eacute;sz, Neruda, Raditladi, Sander, Sveinsd&oacute;ttir, Xiao Zhao</p><p>Rupes: Beagle Rupes</p><p>Fossae: Pantheon Fossae</p><p>The newly approved theme for fossae on Mercury is "Significant works of architecture."</p><p>Please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/SystemSearch2.jsp?System=Mercury">Mercury section</a> of the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> for more information.</p> 04/09/2008 twelve-new-names-and-a-new-theme-for-fossae-approved-for-use-on-mercury New Names for 23 Craters on Mercury <p>The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved 23 new names for craters on Mercury. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/MERCURY/target">list of Mercury feature names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/mercuryQuadMap">images of Mercury</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 04/24/2012 new-names-for-23-craters-on-mercury Small Lunar Crater Named Lev <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14952">Lev</a> for the small lunar crater located at 12.7N, 62.2E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Lunar/lac_62_lo.pdf">map of LAC 62</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/29/2012 small-lunar-crater-named-lev Martian Crater Named Keren <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14951?__fsk=1001759144">Keren</a> for the Martian crater located at 20.98N, 337.5E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_mola.pdf">map of MC-11</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/28/2012 martian-crater-named-keren Martian Crater Named Domoni <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14950?__fsk=-168924558">Domoni</a> for the Martian crater located at 51.38N, 234.39E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc2_mola.pdf">map of MC-2</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 03/07/2012 martian-crater-named-domoni New Names for 21 Craters on Vesta <p>The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved 21 new names for craters on Vesta. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/VESTA/target">list of Vesta feature names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/vesta.pdf">image of Vesta</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/28/2012 new-names-for-21-craters-on-vesta Mercury Crater Named Stieglitz <p>The name <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14928?__fsk=1562868275">Stieglitz</a> has been approved for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/H-1.pdf">map of Mercury quadrangle H-1</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/28/2012 mercury-crater-named-stieglitz Two Craters on Mars Named Baucau and Arima <p>The names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14927">Arima</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14926?__fsk=-1813334875">Baucau</a> have been approved for craters on Mars. For more information, see the map of Mars quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_mola.pdf">MC-18</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> 02/22/2012 two-craters-on-mars-named-baucau-and-arima Venus Nomenclature Changes <p>Detailed geologic mapping has revealed the need to change the approved nomenclature for four features on Venus. In quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v1_comp.pdf">V-1</a>, Sz&eacute;l-anya Dorsa has been changed to <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14799">Sz&eacute;l-anya Lineae</a>, and Tezan Dorsa has been changed to <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14800">Tezan Lineae</a>. In quadrangle <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v6_comp.pdf">V-6</a>, the names Lorelei and Lab&eacute; Patera have been dropped.</p> 02/09/2011 venus-nomenclature-changes Two New Names Approved for Craters on Titan <p>The names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14902">Hano</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14903?__fsk=-198789864">Momoy</a> have been approved for craters on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/TITAN/target">Titan page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 09:54 MST two-new-names-approved-for-craters-on-titan Three New Names for Features on Mars and Changes to an Approved Name <p>The names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14857">Lipany</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14858">Oenotria Plana</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14859?__fsk=-1830058884">Zarqa Valles</a> have been approved for use on Mars. The name Oenotria Scopulus has been changed to the plural form, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14860">Oenotria Scopuli</a>, to accomodate the addition of several scarps to this feature. For more information, see the maps of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc13_mola.pdf">MC-13</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc21_mola.pdf">MC-21</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:29 MST three-new-names-for-features-on-mars-and-changes-to-an-approved-name Three New Lacus Names Approved on Titan <p>Three new lacus names (Cardiel Lacus, Freeman Lacus, and Towada Lacus) have been approved for use on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/TITAN/target">Titan page</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/NP_lakes_low_noboundaries.pdf">map of the north polar region</a> of Titan in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:03 MST three-new-lacus-names-approved-on-titan Themes Approved for Asteroid 21 Lutetia <p>The following themes have been approved for naming surface features on asteroid (21) Lutetia:</p> <p><strong>Craters:</strong> Cities of the Roman Empire and the adjacent parts of Europe at the time of Lutetia (52 BC - 360 AD)</p> <p><strong>Regiones:</strong> Discoverer of Lutetia, and provinces of the Roman Empire at the time of Lutetia</p> <p><strong>Other features:</strong> Rivers of the Roman Empire and the adjacent parts of Europe at the time of Lutetia</p> <p>Please visit the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories">surface features categories page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a> to see the themes for other bodies in the solar system.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 08:38 MST themes-approved-for-asteroid-21-lutetia Sixteen New Names Approved on Dione <p>New names for 13 craters and 3 fossae have been approved for Dione. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/DIONE/target">Dione page</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/dione_comp.pdf">map of Dione</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:39 MST sixteen-new-names-approved-on-dione Seven Lacuna Names Approved for Use on Titan <p>Seven names with the descriptor term <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/DescriptorTerms">lacuna</a> have been approved for use on Titan. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/SearchResults?target=TITAN&amp;featureType=Lacuna,%20lacunae">list of Titan lacunae</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/NP_lakes_low_noboundaries.pdf">map of the north polar region</a> of Titan in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 07:48 MST seven-lacuna-names-approved-for-use-on-titan New Names for Montes and Undae on Titan <p>The names of six montes (Angmar, Dolmed, Echoriath, Gram, Merlock, and Rerir Montes) and four undae (Boreas, Eurus, Notus, and Zephyrus Undae) have been approved for Titan. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/TITAN/target">list of Titan feature names</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:01 MST new-names-for-montes-and-undae-on-titan New Name Approved for a Planitia on Mars <p>The name Eridania Planitia has been approved for the Martian feature located at 38S, 238W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14779">database information</a> and the maps of <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc28_mola.pdf">MC-28</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc29_mola.pdf">MC-29</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Wed, 22 September 2010 10:05 MST new-name-approved-for-a-planitia-on-mars New Name Approved for Martian Vallis <p>The name Havel Vallis has been approved for the Martian vallis located at 1.0N, 302.5E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14918?__fsk=-810896403">web page for Havel Vallis</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc10_mola.pdf">map of MC-10</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 08:33 MST new-name-approved-for-martian-vallis New Name Approved for Martian Fossae <p>The name Sinai Fossae has been approved for the Martian fossae located at 14.0S, 281.0E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14924?__fsk=-1777411884">gazetteer page for Sinai Fossae</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_mola.pdf">map of MC-18</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:35 MST new-name-approved-for-martian-fossae Names Approved for Two Coronae on Venus <p>The names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14783?__fsk=-681168531">Elihino Corona</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14784?__fsk=-101364489">Pakoti Corona</a> have been approved for two coronae located in Venus <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/v45_comp.pdf">quadrangle V-45</a>. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:42 MST names-approved-for-two-coronae-on-venus Names Approved for Three Terrae and Two Regions on Titan <p>The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three terrae (Garotman, Tollan, and Yalaing Terrae) and two regiones (Concordia and Hetpet Regiones) on Titan. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/TITAN/target">list of Titan feature names</a> in the<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 09:26 MST names-approved-for-three-terrae-and-two-regions-on-titan Names Approved for 36 Features on Lutetia <p>Names for 18 craters, 1 dorsum, 2 fossae, 3 labēs, 8 regiones, 2 rimae, and 2 rupēs have been approved on asteroid (21) Lutetia. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/LUTETIA/target">Lutetia page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:21 MST names-approved-for-36-features-on-lutetia Mercury Feature Coordinates Updated to MESSENGER <p>In late 2010, the coordinates of the named features in the Mercury portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from historical sources to values in the <a href="http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/Messenger/">preliminary MESSENGER control network</a>. The purpose of this work was to facilitate the identification of named features on Mercury. Dots representing the coordinates of the centers of named features will fall in the centers of the features when displayed on any map product that was created using the same control network.</p> <p>The extents and sizes of the named features were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify named features and their rough extents.</p> <p>This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 9.3.1 and the <a href="http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/Messenger/">global map of Mercury</a>. Because MESSENGER does not yet have global coverage of Mercury, Mariner 10 data were used to fill in areas where MESSENGER has not yet collected image data. In order for the two data sets to align, the preliminary MESSENGER control network was tied to the Mariner 10 map using several ground truth points.</p> <p>The Mercury portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site now defaults to showing feature coordinates in the frame of the preliminary MESSENGER control network. The original &lsquo;unknown&rsquo; source coordinates are still retained in the gazetteer, but this data set is now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names.</p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 09:43 MST mercury-feature-coordinates-updated-to-messenger Martian Valley System Named Tigre Valles <p>The name Tigre Valles has been approved for the Martian valley system located at 12S, 37W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14792?__fsk=-435252148">database information</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc19_mola.pdf">map of MC-19</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2010 07:56 MST martian-valley-system-named-tigre-valles Martian Craters Named Noord and Resen <p>The names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14794?__fsk=-972924388">Noord</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14795">Resen</a> have been approved for two small Martian craters. For more information about these features, or about planetary feature names in general, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:40 MST martian-craters-named-noord-and-resen Martian Crater Named Majuro <p>The name Majuro has been approved for the Martian crater located at 33.3S, 84.3E. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14891?__fsk=-764224071">database information</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc28_mola.pdf">map of MC-28</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:52 MST martian-crater-named-majuro Martian Crater Named Firsoff <p>The name Firsoff has been approved for the Martian crater located at 2.6N, 9.4W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14782?__fsk=-913440734">database information</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc11_mola.pdf">map of MC-11</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:39 MST martian-crater-named-firsoff Martian Crater Named Dogana <p>The name&nbsp;Dogana has been approved for the Martian crater located at 10.0S, 306.35E. For more information, see the&nbsp;<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14856?__fsk=1695737611">database information</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc18_mola.pdf">map of MC-18</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:34 MST martian-crater-named-dogana Martian Crater Named Canala <p>The name Canala has been approved for the Martian crater located at 24.35N, 80.0W. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14793?__fsk=-1098905765">database information</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/mc10_mola.pdf">map of MC-10</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:18 MST martian-crater-named-canala Martian Crater Coordinates now in MDIM 2.1 <p>In October 2010, the coordinates of the named craters in the Martian portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from the Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) 2.0 control network to values in the <a href="http://www.isprs.org/proceedings/XXXV/congress/comm4/papers/464.pdf">MDIM 2.1 control network</a>. The purpose of this work is to facilitate the identification of named Martian craters. The locations of the craters in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">KML and shapefiles</a> will correspond to the crater locations on any map product that was created using the same MDIM 2.1 control network.</p> <p>The extents and sizes of the named craters were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify the craters and their rough extents. A link to a more precise <a href="http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2010/pdf/2257.pdf">global crater database by Stuart Robbins</a> will be provided when available.</p> <p>This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 9.3.1 and the <a href="http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/MDIM21/">Mars Digial Image Mosaic 2.1</a>. Some small craters are not resolved well in the MDIM 2.1 image; for these cases, feature coordinates were derived from the <a href="http://themis.asu.edu/news/themis-camera-yields-best-mars-map-ever">Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) Day IR 100m global mosaic</a>. We would like to thank Stuart Robbins (University of Colorado, Boulder) for sharing a portion of his forthcoming global crater database, which provided a valuable and time-saving starting point for this work.</p> <p>The Martian portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now defaults to a new set of coordinates; the craters match MDIM 2.1, and the non-crater features are still in the MDIM 2.0 control network. The craters were updated first because they are the smallest features and therefore the mismatch between MDIM 2.0 and MDIM 2.1 was most obvious. Named non-crater features will be updated at a later date. The data set that contains all of the features in the MDIM 2.0 control network is still retained in the gazetteer, but is now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names.</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:11 MST martian-crater-coordinates-now-in-mdim-2.1 Mars Feature Coordinates Updated to MDIM 2.1 <p>The Mars portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now defaults to a new set of coordinates; all of the Martian features now match the <a href="http://www.isprs.org/proceedings/XXXV/congress/comm4/papers/464.pdf">Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) 2.1 control network</a>.</p> <p>In late 2010, the coordinates of the named craters in the Martian portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from the MDIM 2.0 control network to values in the MDIM 2.1 control network. In the spring of 2011, the remaining Martian features (i.e., all the named features that are not craters) were also updated to MDIM 2.1. Since the MDIM 2.1 network was tied to local Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) generated from Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data, this implies the features now match MOLA data products and other products in that reference frame. The <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/GIS_Downloads">GIS download</a>&nbsp;that contains all of the features in the MDIM 2.0 control network is still retained in the gazetteer, but is now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names.</p> <p>The extents and sizes of the named features were also updated, and vectors describing feature boundaries were drawn; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify named features and their rough extents.</p> <p>This work was&nbsp;accomplished using ArcMap version 9.3.1 and the<a href="http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/MDIM21/">Mars Digital Image Mosaic 2.1</a>. Some features are not resolved well in the 2.1 mosaic; for these cases, feature coordinates were derived from the <a href="http://themis.asu.edu/news/themis-camera-yields-best-mars-map-ever">Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) Day IR 100m global mosaic</a>. We would like to thank Stuart Robbins (University of Colorado, Boulder) for sharing a portion of his global crater database, which provided a valuable and time-saving starting point for the crater portion of this work.</p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:37 MST mars-feature-coordinates-updated-to-mdim-2.1 Lunar Coordinates Now Available in ULCN <p>In 2010, the coordinates of the named features in the lunar portion of the nomenclature database were updated from values from historical sources to values in the coordinate frame of the Unified Lunar Control Network 2005 (ULCN 2005, see <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1367/">http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1367/</a>). The purpose of this work was to facilitate the identification of named lunar features. Dots representing the coordinates of the centers of named features will fall in the centers of the features when displayed on any map product that was created using the same ULCN 2005 control network.</p> <p>The extents and sizes of the named features were also updated; these data are approximate and are intended solely to give the user sufficient information to identify named features and their rough extents. A link to a more precise crater database (now in preparation) by Dr. Nadine Barlow will be provided when available.</p> <p>This new set of coordinates was derived using ArcMap version 9.3.1 and the Lunar Orbiter Digital Photographic Mosaic (<a href="http://www.mapaplanet.org/explorer/help/data_set.html#moon_lo">http://www.mapaplanet.org/explorer/help/data_set.html#moon_lo</a>). Where data gaps exist in the Lunar Orbiter image, the features were aligned with the USGS airbrushed shaded relief mosaic, which was warped to the same control network as the Lunar Orbiter mosaic (ULCN 2005) (see <a href="http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2008/pdf/2245.pdf">http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2008/pdf/2245.pdf</a>).</p> <p>The lunar portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site now defaults to showing feature coordinates in the frame of the ULCN 2005 control network. The original &lsquo;unknown&rsquo; source coordinates are still retained in the gazetteer, but this data set is now considered archival and will not be updated with new names or changes to approved names.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:27 MST lunar-coordinates-now-available-in-ulcn Longitude Defining Crater on Lutetia Named Lauriacum <p>The name Lauriacum has been approved for the small crater that defines zero degrees longitude on asteroid (21) Lutetia. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/LUTETIA/target">Lutetia page</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Fri, 02 Sept 2011 10:40 MST longitude-defining-crater-on-lutetia-named-lauriacum Large Ringed Feature on Titan Named Paxsi <p>A large ringed feature on Titan located at 5.0N, 341.2W has been named Paxsi. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14781?__fsk=-548964769">feature page</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp.pdf">image of Titan</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 08:44 MST large-ringed-feature-on-titan-named-paxsi Fourteen More Names Approved for Surface Features on Vesta <p>The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven craters, two fossae,&nbsp;one tholus,&nbsp;one terra, one planitia, and two rupēs on Vesta. For details, see the<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/VESTA/target">list of Vesta feature names</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/vesta.pdf">image of Vesta</a> in the<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. Coordinates for these names are in a system used by the Dawn Team.</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:10 MST fourteen-more-names-approved-for-surface-features-on-vesta Four New Names Approved for use on Mars <p>The names <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14871?__fsk=563980414">Corozal</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14872?__fsk=907657351">Palikir</a>, <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14873">Raga</a>, and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14874?__fsk=1901384481">Tivat</a> have been approved for use on Mars. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/mars1to5mMOLA">maps of Mars</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Thu, 29 Sept 2011 16:12 MST four-new-names-approved-for-use-on-mars Four New Names Approved for Phobos <p>Names for two craters (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14861">&Ouml;pik</a> and <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14862">Shklovsky</a>), one planitia (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14863?__fsk=611281544">Lagado Planitia</a>), and one regio (<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/14864?__fsk=1784697555">Laputa Regio</a>) have been approved for use on Phobos. For more information, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/PHOBOS/target">Phobos page</a> and the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/phobos-cylindrical-grid.pdf">map of Phobos</a> in the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>.</p> Thu, 28 July 2011 09:53 MST four-new-names-approved-for-phobos First Names for Vesta Approved <p>The names of fourteen craters and one tholus have been approved for Vesta. For details, see the <a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/VESTA/target">list of Vesta feature names</a> in the<a href="http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/">Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature</a>. Coordinates for these names are in a system used by the Dawn Team.</p> 10/03/2011 first-names-for-vesta-approved