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Pluto Dazzles in False Color
JKoulouris      
08-30-2015  09:13:24

Here we go ONE MORE TIME IAU/WGPSN (International Astronomical Union/ Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature) and PLUTO Task Force.... Hope You Have Your Plutonian System Surface Feature Themes and Suggested Names List Ready, because PLUTO, CHARON, NIX, and HYDRA are about to have a Family Re-Union straight from the Underworld of Ancient Mythology.

Eat Your Hearts Out THANATOS and HYPNOS.

Our Best Regards to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL), the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) , Lowell Observatory , and the NASA and Jet Propulsion (JPL) Teams for a Task WELL DONE, and to CICLOPS and the Global Community.

John A. Koulouris, (Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer, Researcher and Author,
ASTEREION-ORION PROJECT,
Laval, Canada.


The Year of Pluto - The "NEW HORIZONS" Mission reaches PLUTO, and Brings Humanity Closer to the Edge of the Solar System.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJxwWpaGoJs

The NEW HORIZONS Mission to PLUTO - The Official NASA Documentary

The NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Southwest Research Institute "NEW HORIZONS" Mission and VIDEO Archive Official Websites:
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Animations/New-Horizons-Voyage-to-Pluto.php
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science-Photos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=243

Original Image of the Planet Pluto taken by the "NEW HORIZONS" Spacecraft on July 14, 2015.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto#/media/File:Nh-pluto-in-true-color_2x_JPEG.jpg


Spying on Titan
JKoulouris      
01-09-2013  13:30:42

J.R.R. TOLKIENS' "LORD OF THE RINGS" join FRANK HERBERTS' "DUNE" on the SURFACE of TITAN -

The International Astronomical Union and Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (IAU / WGPSN) have Officially Adopted the Names of Mountains and Peaks from J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional fantasy novels for the Official Naming of Mountains and Peaks (MONS and MONTES)on the Surface of Saturns' Major Moon TITAN.

You can Access the Official IAU/WGPSN Press Release (published on: November 12, 2012), and a Map of the Surface of TITAN showing TITAN Officially Adopted Surface Feature Nomenclature from the IAU/USGS Astrogeology / Planetary Gazetteer WebSite at;


IAU/WGPSN/USGS Official Press Release;

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/HotTopics/index.php?/archives/463-Eight-New-Names-for-Titan-Surface-Features.html


Map of the Surface of TITAN with IAU/WGPSN Officially Adopted Nomenclature;

http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp_VIMSimage.pdf


Best Regards to CAROLYN, the CICLOPS CASSINI IMAGING TEAM and their Colleagues, as Well as the Members of the IAU / WGPSN, USGS Astro Branch, JPL/CIT, NASA, the European Space Agency, and all our Sector 6 Members and CICLOPS Participants.

John Koulouris, (Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Author
ASTEREION - ORION Project
Laval, Canada.


Lit Through the Haze
JKoulouris      
04-08-2010  14:18:42

The name ARRAKIS has officially joined SIKUN and CHUSUK as a Planitia feature on the surface of Saturn's major moon, TITAN.
ARRAKIS Planitia was officially adopted on April 5, 2010 by the International Astronomical Union.

Here is the official News Release;


Three New Names Approved for Features on Titan

The names Arrakis Planitia, Polaznik Macula, and Uanui Virgae have been approved for features on Titan.
For more information, see the list of Titan surface features and the map of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

ENTRY_POSTED_BY Jennifer Blue on Monday, April 5, 2010 at 14:18. FILED_UNDER Planetary Nomenclature.


To view this IAU official decision online, you may visit the IAU/USGS News Release posted at the Planetary Gazetteer at the USGS Astrogeology Research Program's Website at;

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/HotTopics/index.php?/archives/390-Three-New-Names-Approved-for-Features-on-Titan.html


An updated TITAN Map with adopted IAU/WGPSN Titan surface feature nomenclature can be accessed and viewed online at;

http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/images/Titan_comp.pdf


This one should light up a few faces, young and old alike.


Best of Regards, and Best Wishes to everyone.

John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Writer
Astereion- Orion Project
Laval, Canada.

Maps of Titan - January 2009
JKoulouris      
01-06-2010  12:32:33

Well, here it is everyone..... SIKUN, a planet from Frank Herberts' Novel and Series "DUNE" has made it on the surface of Saturns' largest moon TITAN.

Why have I the good feeling that there is more of this to come? :)

Here is the official News Release as entered in the IAU/USGS Planetary Gazetteer Website;

NEW LABYRINTHUS NAME ON TITAN

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.

ENTRY_POSTED_BY JENNIFER BLUE on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 08:26.


The above News Release may be accessed and read online at;

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/HotTopics/index.php?/archives/381-New-Labyrinthus-Name-on-Titan.html


For a list official Nomenclature of TITAN surface features by surface feature type, you may access the following URL online at;

http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypes2.jsp?system=Saturn&body=Titan&systemID=6&bodyID=30&sort=AName&show=Fname&show=Lat&show=Long&show=Diam&show=Stat&show=Year&show=Orig


Many Thanks to Carolyn and the CICLOPS Team for the Excellent Images,
to JPL, NASA, the ESA, USGS, IAU, to the CASSINI/HUYGENS Mission Scientists,
and to all who have participated in unveiling the hidden beauty and wonders of our known Solar System, and our Cosmic domain.

With Best of Regards,

John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer/Writer
Astereion- Orion Project
Laval, CANADA.
JKoulouris      
09-23-2009  14:01:54

KRAKEN, SANTORINI, ONTARIO and XANADU, hold on tight because here comes CALADAN, ARRAKIS, and the rest of the "DUNE" gang!

Keep the great images coming CICLOPS Team, and we'll keep submitting the names according to IAU/WGPSN Assigned Planetary Surface Nomenclature Categories and Themes.

Best Regards to all CICLOPS Alliance Members,

John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Writer
Astereion- Orion Project,
Laval, CANADA.

Tricks or Treats?
JKoulouris      
10-24-2009  08:04:57

Well, not only do the great images keep coming in on time as scheduled, but it just gets to show that the genius of scientific minds can always create a treat or two for everyone of all ages.

The young children, and old alike, are just going to love these images, thanks again to Caroline and the CICLOPS Team.

This is great stuff to get our young and future generations interested in Space Exploration.

SLEEPY HOLLOW.... Eat Your Heart Out!

Thanks Irving Washington and Bram Stoker, for the almost two centuries of keeping everyone looking up.... but here we are.... HALLOWEEN has just gone COSMIC.

So, don't forget to look up at the Solar Systems' Major and Minor Moons in the dark night sky from time to time, especially on Halloween nights....

You just never know what kind of surprises may await.

Happy HALLOWEEN everyone,


John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Writer
Astereion- Orion Project,
Laval, CANADA.


Cassini's 'T6' Titan Flyby
JKoulouris      
09-16-2009  16:53:34

Here is a list of Names which I submitted to Jennifer Blue at the USGS Astrogeology Branch as of Tuesday, September 15, 2009, for addition to the IAU Nomenclature Database (IAU/USGS Planetary Gazetteer) regarding the newly designated nomenclature theme for TITAN Planitia Surface Features as assigned by the International Astronomical Union;

- ARRAKIS - CALADAN - III DELTA KAISING - GEIDI PRIME - KAITAIN - TLEILAX - LANKIVEIL - TUPILE - SALUSA SECUNDUS - AL DHANAB - BELA TEGEUSE - HAGAL - GINAZ - SYNCHRONY - LAMPADAS - PARMENTIER - BUZZELL - ECAZ - IPYR - IX - KOLHAR - PORITRIN - RICHESE - LERNAEUS - ROSAK - SIKUN -

A descriptive sentence or two was also attached with the Name of each "DUNE" planet as well. In addition, a list of DUNE "Houses" (ex: HOUSE ATREIDES), and a list of DUNE Characters were also attached to the list of DUNE Planets. So, If you can't wait to see "ARRAKIS" Planitia on the surface of Saturns' largest satellite, TITAN, think about how I feel, when I've been doing this for 20 years.

Here's the secret; YOU JUST NEVER GET ENOUGH WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT VALUE IT WILL HAVE FOR ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS. IT JUST SIMPLY UNITES ALL CULTURES AND ETHNICITIES OF HUMANITY, AND IT DOES SO AT A COSMIC SCALE.

My daughter Vicky is a big fan of the DUNE Series, and as other young children around the world, she too will one day be amazed at what beauty can arise out of a single image taken by a planetary mission probe, and where it can lead humanity.

- My Sincere thanks to the CICLOPS Team, NASA, JPL, the USGS and the International Astronomical Union, for their outstanding collaboration of over two decades, and to the CICLOPS Alliance for their interest and enthusiasm that they have shown regarding the CASSINI / HUYGENS Mission to the Saturnian System.

- "CHUSUK" Planitia, Here Comes "ARRAKIS"! -

Best of Regards,

John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Writer
Astereion- Orion Project,
Laval, Canada.
JKoulouris      
09-13-2009  22:25:45

Well. it's due to images such as these, that we find the IAU/WGPSN deciding to add a Nomenclature Theme or Category for Planitia surface features on Titan based on Frank Herbert's Novel and Series "DUNE". And wouldn't you know it, the IAU Nomenclature Theme (Category) for Planitia is:

PLANETS from Frank Herbert's Novel "DUNE".

Not only does my daughter Vicky love DUNE, but after spending sometime preparing a list of names and suggestions for submission to the IAU and USGS Astro Branch a week ago, and explaining to her how the IAU and CICLOPS Team cobtribute to future generations, my daughter is starting to love the IAU and CICLOPS team as well.

When a child utters the words: "Fear is the Mind Killer" to her Canadian born
father of Spartan Greek origin, it just may very well be the time to translate these words of a child as meaning the following;

"Father!, The Sleeper has Awakened!"

For what are images to the human eye at the present time, shall be senses that will capture the imagination of the human mind with great magnitude in the future. And in so being, will hold humanity breathless at the grandeur that awaits us.

Some really TITANIC images that are going to get better and better, until the day comes when we hover above CHUSUK, LIGEIA, ONTARIO, SANTORINI and the KRAKEN.

Just Great Work....

Best Regards, to the CICLOPS Team, and the Alliance.

John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Writer
Astereion- Orion Project,
Laval, Canada.



Cassini Images 2685 Masursky
JKoulouris      
09-10-2009  22:59:14

Who says it doesn't pay to be a scientist?
Harold is just a simple example.... Right next to Carl Sagan with an IAU adopted
crater on Mars, and right in the grasp of historical CASSINI as well.

Pretty good if you asked me.....

It looks like the IAU/WGPSN, and the USGS Astrogeology Branch will have a few more names to consider in the future as well.... ;)


Keep those great images and data coming CICLOPS Team !

Regards,

John A. Koulouris,(Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer / Writer
Astereion- Orion Project
Laval, Canada.

Enceladus Rev 91 Flyby
JKoulouris      
11-02-2008  01:12:14

Nice to see that Arabic Legend and Myth as assigned by IAU/WGPSN official planetary nomenclature themes will now be represented on such excellent images produced by the CICLOPS Team.

Awaiting your future image releases with great anticipation.....


Excellent Work Caroline and CICLOPS Team..... with Best of Regards,

John Koulouris,(Esq.)
Astereion- Orion Project,
Laval, Canada.