Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 1528-1530: Fifteen Kilometers!

22 November 2016

Our weekend plan went as expected, including a ~16 meter drive which brings us to our next drill target: “Precipice”. That drive also brings our total drive distance from Bradbury Landing to just over 15 km! We have a three sol plan today as we head into the long holiday weekend… Read More

Sols 1525-1527: Contact science at Sutton Island and approaching the next drill site

18 November 2016

The MAHLI images from Sol 1523 are down, and we acquired some beautiful images of this new outcrop, as seen in the above image of the target "Seawall."  Today’s plan is focused on finishing the investigation at “Sutton Island,” and then driving towards the next drill target,… Read More

Sols 1523-1524: Investigating Sutton Island

16 November 2016

On Sol 1521 Curiosity drove 11 m to the east, which set us up to investigate a darker-toned outcrop known as “Sutton Island,” seen in the middle of the above Mastcam image.  Today’s plan is focused on contact science to study the grain size, stratification, and chemistry of… Read More

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