Mars: Nomenclature




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Mars Nomenclature Geography 494 01 S 07 Dr Christine M Rodrigue C M Rodrigue 2007 Geography CSULB Mars Nomenclature Mars Naming Conventions The International Astronomical Union IAU governs planetary nomenclature New features identified tentatively named and the IAU peerreviews the name for all planets Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature Once approved names go into the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature This is housed at the USGS Astrogeology Research Program http planetarynames wr usgs gov C M Rodrigue 2007 Geography CSULB Mars Nomenclature Mars Naming Conventions Mars Features Conventions for Naming Features Albedo Features Names from classical mythology originally assigned by Schiaparelli and Antoniadi Large craters craters 60 km Dead scientists who contributed to the study of Mars writers and others who added to the lore of Mars Small craters craters 60 km Villages and towns on Earth having populations 100 000 Large valles Name for Mars or star in various languages Small valles Classical or modern names of rivers Other features From a nearby named albedo feature on Schiaparelli or Antoniadi maps Deimos Authors who wrote about Martian satellites Phobos Scientists involved with the study of the Martian satellites and characters and places from Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels C M Rodrigue 2007 Geography CSULB Mars Nomenclature Mars A Whole New Vocabulary Why Familiar geographical and geological terms are generally too misleading to use in an environment we can t visit and understand in its own context Calling something a valley implies the kind of fluvial and glacial erosion responsible for valleys here Analogies may not apply at least not yet To avoid that temptation to analogies the IAU has created a formal vocabulary to use in extraterrestrial contexts We have to understand Mars or any other extraterrestrial object in its own terms and context Sorry C M Rodrigue 2007 Geography CSULB Mars Nomenclature Mars Features Vastitas vastitates An extensive






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