Astrogeology Science Center

USGS scientists, Laszlo Kestay and Greg Vaughan, in Hawaii studying volcanoes
USGS scientists, Laszlo Kestay and Greg Vaughan, in Hawaii studying volcanoes
Spectral images of Io eclipse 1/5/01
Spectral images of Io eclipse 1/5/01
USGS Astrogeolgoy team members at Meteor Crater
USGS Astrogeolgoy team members at Meteor Crater

The USGS performs research that includes studies on geology, volcanism, astrobiology, dunes, ice and water flow, crater aging, mineral deposits and the make-up of various planetary surfaces. The team's primary focus is explaining geological and geophysical processes on the rocky planets and satellites. Such research leads to a better understanding of the character of our neighboring planets, the origins of the solar system, and a better comprehension of our own planet, Earth.