Astrogeology Science Center

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center
Honoring 50 Years of Public Service: Exploring the Solar System from Flagstaff, AZ
The USGS Astrogeology Science Center Honoring 50 Years of Public Service: Exploring the Solar System from Flagstaff, AZ

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is a national resource for the integration of planetary geoscience, cartography, & remote sensing. As explorers & surveyors, with a unique heritage of proven expertise and international leadership, we enable the ongoing successful investigation of the Solar System for humankind.

What have we been doing for the last 50 years?

  • Astronaut Training: teaching Apollo astronauts about geological observations, sample collection, and mapping during Lunar excursions
  • Mission Support: contributing to scientific research & exploration of planetary bodies in our Solar System
  • Planetary Mapping: turning pictures of other planetary bodies into maps for geologic studies and landing site selection
  • Planetary Nomenclature: maintaining the only official database of planetary feature names
  • Planetary Data Archiving: providing public access to planetary data (maps, photos, documents, & films)
  • Earth Science: studying environments & processes on our home planet as well as other worlds

Events

  • August 24, 2013 – 6:00-8:00 pm 
    Museum of Northern Arizona Auditorium
    Presentation: “This is Astro Today”
    featuring Laszlo Kestay, Director Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 20, 2013 – 7:00-8:30 pm
    NAU Audrey Auditorium
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Key note speaker, Dr. Steve Squyres
  • September 21, 2013 – 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Cinder Lakes Apollo Astronaut Training Ground
    Field Trip, Meet at Buffalo Park
    Visit the Cinder Lakes off-highway vehicle area used to train the Apollo astronauts in geology. Four-wheel drive vehicles are required and some off-road driving experience is strongly recommended. An optional visit to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument may be added. This field trip is most appropriate for 4th grade students and above. For reservations call 928-556-7002.
  • September 23, 2013 – 5:00 pm
    Lowell Observatory
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: "Where Should We Look for Life on Mars?"
    Featuring Ken Tanaka, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 23, 2013 – 5:00 pm
    Lowell Observatory
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: "The Mars Polar Night"
    Featuring Tim Titus, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 25, 2013 – 6:00-7:00 pm
    Museum of Northern Arizona Auditorium
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: “The Future of Astro”
    featuring Laszlo Kestay, Director Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 26, 2013 – 5:00 pm
    Lowell Observatory
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: "What's New on the Moon: Groundbreaking Science from Current Missions"
    Featuring Lisa Gaddis, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 26, 2013 – 6:30 pm
    Museum of Northern Arizona Auditorium
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: "The Asteroid 4 Vesta and Extremes of the Main Asteroid Belt"
    Featuring Tim Titus, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 27, 2013 – 6:30 pm
    Museum of Northern Arizona Auditorium
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: "Roving in the Extreme Environment of Mars"
    Featuring: Ken Herkenhoff, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology Science Center
  • September 29, 2013 – 12:00-4:00 pm
    USGS Science Campus BLDG 6 (2255 N Gemini Dr.)
    NASA/USGS RPIF OPEN HOUSE
  • September 29, 2013 – 7:00 pm
    Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
    Flagstaff Festival of Science
    Presentation: "Dusting off the Apollo Photographs: Mapping the 1970s Moon with Today's Technology"
    Featuring: Ken Edmunson, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology Science Center