Name Approved for Mars Feature: Oxia Planum

17 May 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Oxia Planum for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

NOTICE: New URL for Astrogeology News Feed

1 May 2019

We have a new website, and that means a new News page! Going forward, all news articles will be posted there. In addition, we have moved some of the content from this feed to the new site. Don’t forget to bookmark the new site so that you can access your favorite site much quicker!  … Read More

Sol 2375: CheMin Success at Aberlady!

12 April 2019

 Today we received the initial results from CheMin's analysis of the "Aberlady" drill sample, and they look great! This means that CheMin received enough sample and we do not need to deliver more material. Based on the initial questions about how much sample was obtained (see the Sol… Read More

Sols 2386-2387: A new drill hole!

22 April 2019

The drilling planned for last weekend was successful, so the top priority for Sol 2386 is to drop portions of the Kilmarie sample onto a closed SAM inlet cover and take Mastcam images after each dropoff to characterize the size of each portion.  The results of this portioning test will… Read More

Names Approved for Mercury: Six Faculae

16 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Orm Faculae, Pampu Facula, Ular Facula, Sarpa Facula, Havu Facula, and Bitin Facula. For more information, see the Mercury maps H-2 and H-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Name Approved for Callisto crater: Vili

4 April 2019

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

Name Approved for Ganymede crater: Laomedon

4 April 2019

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

Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Bellini

3 April 2019

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

Name Approved for Mercury Feature: Borobudur Fossae

3 April 2019

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

Names Approved for Nine Features on Ceres

27 March 2019

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