Astrogeology Science Center

Celebrate the Space Racers Premiere in Flagstaff!

5 November 2016

Kids can Visit the USGS Astrogeology Science Center on November 5th to Win an Annual Membership or a Grand Prize Family Trip to Space Camp!Space Race, LLC and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center are inviting Flagstaff-area families to celebrate the season two premiere of Space… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Krupac

28 October 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Krupac for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1503: Simple Plan

28 October 2016

Everything went well in yesterday’s plan, with our drive taking us 25 meters farther along our “Mt. Sharp Ascent Route.” We started the day with some challenges caused by connectivity issues with team members outside of the US, particularly the ChemCam team. They were able to get… Read More

Sol 1502: Short Drive

26 October 2016

Yesterday’s 46 meter drive went well, and the plan for Sol 1502 is to have another pretty typical remote sensing and driving sol. The Sol 1502 plan starts out with ChemCam observations of the bedrock target “St. Saveur” and an interesting transition between light-toned and… Read More

Sol 1501: Welcome to Bar Harbor

25 October 2016

On Sol 1500 Curiosity drove 30 m to the south, crossing into a quadrangle that we informally named “Bar Harbor,” after Bar Harbor, Maine.  As a reminder, prior to landing we divided up the landing ellipse and nearby areas into square quads (1.5 km on a side), and assigned each quad… Read More

Sol 1500: So long Sebina

24 October 2016

Over the weekend Curiosity completed her investigation of the “Sebina” drill site, and we’re back on the road again.  Before we hit the road we took another MAHLI image of the drill hole, and noticed just how quickly the wind has swept away the fines.  The two images… Read More

Sol 1496: Successful Drill!

21 October 2016

Yesterday’s plan went well and we have a new drill hole on Mars! The plan for Sol 1496 starts with a ChemCam passive observation of the dump pile of material from “Quela”, our previous drill hole. ChemCam also has passive observations of the tailings from the new hole at… Read More

Sols 1497-1499: A Very Busy Weekend

21 October 2016

We’ve got quite a plan in store for the weekend, with every single instrument doing something, multiple arm activities, and a drive. Curiosity’s battery will be run all the way down to 35% which is quite rare, but necessary when there’s a lot to do! Sol 1497 starts off with… Read More

Sol 1495: Full drill

19 October 2016

The thumbnail of the Sol 1494 MAHLI image showed that the Quela dump pile had been moved by the wind again!  The MAHLI team is concerned that windblown sand and dust might damage or contaminate the camera's optics, so they decided to open the MAHLI dust cover only for images taken from 25… Read More

Sol 1494: A windy sol

18 October 2016

When we looked at the latest data from MSL this morning, we noticed that the MAHLI and ChemCam RMI images of the Quela dump pile were unexpectedly offset from the center of the pile.  After looking at more of the recent images, it became clear that the dump pile had been moved by… Read More