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Mars: Nomenclature




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C.M. Rodrigue, 2007 Geography, CSULB 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 peer- reviews 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 Features  Patera (pateræ): an irregular crater or volcano with scalloped edges  Alba Patera  Apollinaris Patera C.M. Rodrigue, 2007 Geography, CSULB Mars: Nomenclature  Mars Features  Tessera (tesseræ): tile-like or polygonal terrain  South Polar Region, MOC C.M. Rodrigue, 2007 Geography, CSULB Mars: Nomenclature  Mars Features  Undæ: dunes  Sand Hills of Nili Patera, Syrtis Major, MOC






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