Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 841: ChemCam Recovery

17 December 2014

by Ken Herkenhoff I was happy to see that the Sol 840 MAHLI images we planned on Monday came out nicely.  There was no MSL tactical planning yesterday, because of the offset between Mars time and Pacific time, and planning started at 6 AM PST today.  We were hoping to be able to… Read More

Sol 840: High Tilt

15 December 2014

by Ken Herkenhoff The 5-meter drive planned for Sol 837 placed the rover near dubbed "Whale Rock" as intended. Front Hazcam images show blocks that appear to have fallen from the outcrop and in-place bedrock patches; both can be reached by the arm instruments, so the Sol 840 plan includes… Read More

Map of Western Candor Colles Region of Mars released

12 December 2014

Astrogeology scientist Chris Okubo's HiRISE-based geologic map titled Bedrock Geologic and Structural Map Through the Western Candor Colles Region of Mars was publically released today. This new map provides geologic and structural information on layered sedimentary rocks at a scale comparable to… Read More

Sols 835-836: Driving to Whale Rock

10 December 2014

 By Lauren Edgar After a successful investigation of the Chinle outcrop, Curiosity is ready to move on to the Whale Rock outcrop.  Today we are planning two sols, and on the first sol we’ll finish up a few last targeted observations at Chinle.  The plan includes a ChemCam… Read More

New Name Approved for Crater on Mars

9 December 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Esira for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 833-834: New Results From The Murray Formation

8 December 2014

By Ryan Anderson The main excitement today was that, as the team was busy planning for sols 833 and 834, NASA held a press conference to share some of the results of our recent investigations in the Murray formation, in the foothills of Mt. Sharp. The layered rocks that we have been observing tell… Read More

Sols 830-832: Investigating the Chinle Outcrop

5 December 2014

Well it was an exciting day for space exploration!  As we were working operations this morning many space enthusiasts on the team were keeping tabs on the launch and splashdown of the Orion capsule – the new spacecraft that might someday take astronauts to Mars.  It was fun to think… Read More

The 2015 Annual Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting

4 December 2014

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HIJune 20 to 25, 2015Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21 - Optional field trip(s)Monday, June 22 - Oral and poster presentationsTuesday, June 23 - Oral and poster presentationsWednesday, June 24 - GIS and Geologic Mapping - Q&AThursday, June 25 - Optional field… Read More

Sols 828-829: Looking Closer at the Chinle Outcrop

3 December 2014

By Ryan Anderson Today all three USGS bloggers were on MSL operations! I was on duty as the Science Payload Downlink Lead (sPDL) for ChemCam, meaning that it was my job to check all of the science data that we received to make sure the data looks good and to do a quick analysis of the results.… Read More

European Planetary GIS Workshop, May 5-7 2015, Madrid

2 December 2014

ESA and its Planetary Science Archive (PSA) User Group are pleased to announce a Planetary GIS Workshop that will be held on May 5-7 2015 at ESAC (Madrid, Spain). During this workshop the following broad areas will be presented and discussed: • scientific needs and use cases (existing, new,… Read More