Thirty-five new photos from the RPIF were added to Astropedia. The photo collection contains historical images from the Apollo era detailing the assembly of the Geologic Rover (Grover) and astronaut training with the rover.
The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Mars Odyssey / THEMIS_IR Mapped: 10,274 Unmapped: 0 Total: 10,274 The strat times for this release are: 2012-10-01 thru 2012-12-30. Please visit PILOT to… Read More
One of my research goals at HI-SEAS is to take spherical panoramas of various parts of the hab in thermal infrared (or what one of my friends calls “Predator vision”) at various parts of the day. This would map out the major heat sources and sinks, as well as result in an understanding… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hadriacus Palus for a small plain on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, planning Sol 329, which includes another drive toward Aeolis Mons ("Mt. Sharp"). We are planning MAHLI and MARDI images after the drive, to document the terrain in the new location. On Sol 318, we took MARDI images at various times of day to determine when to… Read More
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We have started the long traverse to the base of Mt. Sharp (Aeolis Mons), the long-term goal of the mission! It may take a year to get there, depending on how many interesting features we find along the way. The challenge for the science team will be to identify the most important targets along… Read More
We decided to spend a bit more time investigating the "Shaler" outcrop using the arm instruments and ChemCam before starting the long drive to Aeolis Mons or "Mt. Sharp." The Sol 322 data we have received so far look good, and I was glad to see that the MAHLI calibration data I had requested were… Read More
The IAU has approved the names Kerberos for Pluto's moon formerly known as P4, and Styx for Pluto's moon formerly known as P5. For detailed information about this naming, see the IAU press release. For more information about Kerberos and Styx and other moons and planets in our Solar System, see the… Read More
The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two craters on Mars: Blunck and Gringauz. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.