Astrogeology Science Center

Names Approved for Two Craters on Titan

15 April 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Titan: Forseti and Beag. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 956: Mercury Transit

14 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonWith the last portion of the Telegraph Peak sample delivered to SAM and analyzed by APXS, we are ready to keep driving. In the sol 956 plan, there is a quick science block in the morning, to allow the rover to take a couple of Mastcam pictures of nearby boulders called… Read More

Digital image mosaic and topographic map of the moon released

14 April 2015

Digital versions of the Image Mosaic and Topographic Map of the Moon have been released. The USGS Scientific Investigations Map 3316 (SIM3316) highlights both the LROC Team's global WAC mosaic and three of the LOLA Team's digital elevation models. For each map, lunar names (nomenclature) were… Read More

Sols 953-955: Dumping Telegraph Peak

13 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonOur sol 952 drive went well, and we’re very close to crossing over into a new “quad” of the map that was made before landing (meaning we will get a whole new bunch of target names to choose from!). On Saturday the team planned for a lengthy ChemCam focus test on… Read More

Sol 952: Longer drive

10 April 2015

 by Ken Herkenhoff MSL drove 18 meters on Sol 951, as planned, putting the rover in position to image the terrain ahead and plan a longer drive on Sol 952.  The total "wheel odometry" for the MSL mission is now over 10 km!  But the total traverse distance is still less than 10… Read More

New Mars Education Website

10 April 2015

A new website, sponsored by Cochise College, provides easy access for Mars education. The website offers more than 4300 views of Mars including Martian landforms, landform distribution maps, over 2500 views of IAU-approved named features, and much more. You can visit this website at… Read More

Sol 951: 10k

9 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonWe are continuing our driving tour of Artist’s Drive, and we should be reaching the 10k mark on Curiosity’s odometer in the sol 951 plan! The rover will start off the day with a targeted science block full of Mastcam observations. We are planning two Mastcam mosaics… Read More

Sol 950: Taking in the Scenery along Artist’s Drive

8 April 2015

 By Lauren Edgar Like most tourists who visit Artist’s Drive on Earth, Curiosity is busy taking lots of photos to document the valley walls of Artist’s Drive on Mars.  We are officially on the road again, and working our way through a very scenic drive.  I’m the… Read More

Sol 949: Leaving Garden City

7 April 2015

By Lauren Edgar After an extensive study of the veins at Garden City, it’s finally time to continue on our path down Artist’s Drive. We’ve collected a lot of really great data, including MAHLI images like this one from Sol 946, which will help us to determine the history of… Read More

Sol 948: Good Morning Mars

6 April 2015

  By Lauren Edgar As we started the planning day before sunrise, I was reminded of the first three months of the mission that we spent living on Mars time.   Today is an early “slide sol,” meaning that the planning timeline is shifted 1.5 hours earlier in order to… Read More