Astrogeology Science Center

Lobby of the Shoemaker Building, Flagstaff AZ
Lobby of the Shoemaker Building, Flagstaff AZ
Gene Shoemaker, founder of the Astrogeology Team, at the Grand Canyon
Gene Shoemaker, founder of the Astrogeology Team, at the Grand Canyon
Apollo Era Test Vehicle
Apollo Era Test Vehicle

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona has a rich history of participation in space exploration and planetary mapping, starting in 1963 when the Flagstaff Science Center was established to provide lunar geologic mapping and assist in training astronauts destined for the Moon.

Throughout the years, the program has participated in processing and analyzing data from numerous missions to planetary bodies in our solar system, assisting in finding potential landing sites for exploration vehicles, and mapping our neighboring planets and their moons. The USGS Astrogeology Science Center strives to research to better understand the origins, evolutions, and geologic processes operating on these celestial bodies.