Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Avan

15 November 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Avan for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-18 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 1516-1520: Playing in the Sand

14 November 2016

We’re continuing to make steady progress, with successful drives interspersed with plenty of good science. In the Sol 1516 plan, we started off with a Mastcam mosaic of “West Mesa” to study the stratigraphy, followed by a big 5x5 point ChemCam analysis on the nodular target… Read More

Sols 1521-1522: Making progress toward the next drill site

14 November 2016

Curiosity continues to drive across bumpy terrain of the Murray formation.  Over the weekend, Curiosity drove ~36 m, making good progress toward our next drill site.  Today’s two-sol plan starts with several ChemCam observations to assess the chemistry of the local bedrock and… Read More

Third Planetary Data Workshop and Geologic Mappers Meeting

9 November 2016

Conference Date: June 12–15, 2017 Venue:  High Country Conference Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, ArizonaThis worskhop will cover a wide variety of planetary data topics, including current mission data availability and tools, online data access tools… Read More

Sols 1514-1515: Touch and Go at Southwest Harbor

7 November 2016

Our weekend plan was successful, with lots of good observations and a 43 meter drive. Today’s 2-sol plan starts out with a brief contact science block, during which MAHLI will observe the target “Southwest Harbor”. After that, we have a remote sensing block. ChemCam will observe… Read More

Celebrate the Space Racers Premiere in Flagstaff!

5 November 2016

Kids can visit the USGS Astrogeology Science Center between now and November 5th to win an Annual Membership or a Grand Prize Family Trip to Space Camp!The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is inviting Flagstaff-area families to celebrate the season two premiere of Space Racers®… Read More

Sols 1511-1513: Brushing Penobscot

4 November 2016

After driving over 40 meters on Sol 1509, MSL is ready for the 3-sol weekend plan.  There are a couple of good-sized outcrops in the arm workspace, so we're planning contact science on Sol 1511.  But first, Navcam will look for clouds and ChemCam will observe bedrock targets named… Read More

Sols 1509-1510: No contact science

2 November 2016

MSL drove another 44 meters on Sol 1508, ending up in an area that again is partly covered by dark sand.  There aren't any very compelling targets within the arm workspace, so we decided again to forgo contact science, and focused instead on remote observations.  Planning is… Read More

Sol 1508: A sandy spot

1 November 2016

MSL drove almost 30 meters on Sol 1507, into an area with more dark sand than we have been seeing recently.  Because only a few rocks are exposed in the arm workspace, the tactical team decided against contact science in favor of maximizing the drive distance on Sol 1508.  The view… Read More

Sol 1507: What’s lurking in Blackwoods and Witch Hole Pond?

31 October 2016

Happy Halloween from Mars! Over the weekend Curiosity drove 51 m further to the south, and we continue to investigate the Murray formation.  I was the GSTL and KOP today (what a treat!) and we had a busy morning trying to decide whether or not to do contact science or more remote sensing.… Read More