Astrogeology Science Center

Names Approved for Ten Features on Titan

22 July 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for ten features on Titan: Aura Undae, Crveno Lacus, Gandalf Colles, Genetaska Macula, Moria Montes, Mystis, Tishtrya Virgae, Tlaloc Virgae, Tupile Labyrinthus, and Veliko Lacuna. For more information, see the Gazetteer of… Read More

Sols 1048-1050: Test drill and drive

17 July 2015

 The Sol 1046 wheel imaging completed nominally, and the rover is a little over 1 meter from its previous location.  So the outcrop to the right of the vehicle is still close enough for ChemCam LIBS measurements, and I helped select new targets again today.  The Sol 1048 plan… Read More

Sols 1046-1047: Wheel imaging

15 July 2015

 The 8.5-meter Sol 1044 drive completed as planned, leaving the rover in a relatively flat and smooth area that is suitable for imaging of the wheels.  Wheel imaging is done periodically to assess wear, and it's time to acquire new data, so the Sol 1046 includes 5 sets of MAHLI,… Read More

Sol 1044-1045: Finishing the Drive

13 July 2015

The drive over the weekend stopped a bit early (~17 meters instead of the intended ~25 meters) because the software that the rover uses to monitor its drive progress was being extra cautious. The rover is fine, and in the sol 1044 plan we will keep driving. Before the drive, ChemCam has… Read More

First 17 Names Approved for Features on Ceres

13 July 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 17 craters on Ceres: Asari, Coniraya, Gaue, Dantu, Ezinu, Fejokoo, Haulani, Kerwan, Nawish, Occator, Kirnis, Rongo, Sintana, Toharu, Urvara, Yalode, and Zadeni. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Sols 1041-1043: Busy weekend planned

10 July 2015

The rover bumped back 33 cm on Sol 1039, placing all 6 wheels on firm ground and allowing contact science on the bright rocks near the top of the slope in front of the vehicle.  So the weekend plan is a full one, including both contact science and a drive back toward the southwest. … Read More

Online Exhibit - 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets

10 July 2015

Just in Time for the July 14 New Horizons Spacecraft Flyby of Pluto: 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets Online Exhibit The NASA/USGS Regional Planetary Information Facility and USGS Astrogeology Science Center are proud to announce an online animated timeline celebrating our expanding knowledge… Read More

Name Approved for a Feature on Mars: Moa Valles

10 July 2015

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

Sols 1039-1040: Livin' on the Edge

8 July 2015

 I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, and was ready this morning to plan lots of MAHLI imaging of the bright rocks on the slope the rover first climbed on Sol 991.  But the data received after the 5.5-meter drive on Sol 1037 showed that the left front wheel is perched right at the top… Read More

Sols 1037-1038: Familiar Terrain

6 July 2015

Over the weekend holiday plan, Curiosity drove back to our location on Sol 992. Previous DAN and ChemCam data from this site showed some interesting results, so we want to investigate this region in more detail.  The front Hazcam image above shows our wheel tracks from the last time we were… Read More