Astrogeology Science Center

New Name Approved for Crater on Mars

9 December 2014

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

Sol 833-834: New Results From The Murray Formation

8 December 2014

By Ryan Anderson The main excitement today was that, as the team was busy planning for sols 833 and 834, NASA held a press conference to share some of the results of our recent investigations in the Murray formation, in the foothills of Mt. Sharp. The layered rocks that we have been observing tell… Read More

Sols 830-832: Investigating the Chinle Outcrop

5 December 2014

Well it was an exciting day for space exploration!  As we were working operations this morning many space enthusiasts on the team were keeping tabs on the launch and splashdown of the Orion capsule – the new spacecraft that might someday take astronauts to Mars.  It was fun to think… Read More

The 2015 Annual Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting

4 December 2014

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HIJune 20 to 25, 2015Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21 - Optional field trip(s)Monday, June 22 - Oral and poster presentationsTuesday, June 23 - Oral and poster presentationsWednesday, June 24 - GIS and Geologic Mapping - Q&AThursday, June 25 - Optional field… Read More

Sols 828-829: Looking Closer at the Chinle Outcrop

3 December 2014

By Ryan Anderson Today all three USGS bloggers were on MSL operations! I was on duty as the Science Payload Downlink Lead (sPDL) for ChemCam, meaning that it was my job to check all of the science data that we received to make sure the data looks good and to do a quick analysis of the results.… Read More

European Planetary GIS Workshop, May 5-7 2015, Madrid

2 December 2014

ESA and its Planetary Science Archive (PSA) User Group are pleased to announce a Planetary GIS Workshop that will be held on May 5-7 2015 at ESAC (Madrid, Spain). During this workshop the following broad areas will be presented and discussed: • scientific needs and use cases (existing, new,… Read More

Sols 826-827: Update on Curiosity from Ken Herkenhoff: Drive to Chinle

1 December 2014

The activities planned for the Thanksgiving holiday went well, and the data received so far look good, including MAHLI images showing the brushed target "Puente."  So we are ready to move on, and the Sol 826 plan includes a few ChemCam and Mastcam observations before a drive to the "Chinle"… Read More

Sols 823-825: Brushing off the dust at Alexander Hills

26 November 2014

While everyone is recovering from their Thanksgiving meals, Curiosity will be feasting on some exciting science targets at the Alexander Hills!  We are on our second pass at the Pahrump Hills, and on this pass we are using the instruments on the robotic arm to investigate several key outcrops… Read More

Sols 820-822 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Investigating Alexander Hills

25 November 2014

Curiosity is currently investigating the Alexander Hills outcrop.  This Mastcam mosaic from Sol 817 shows some of the interesting rock textures that we’ll study at this location.  With Thanksgiving coming up, the operations team is putting together several multi-sol plans so that… Read More

Sol 819 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Late planning

24 November 2014

The difficult 35-meter drive planned for Sol 817 went perfectly, placing the rover in position for arm activities on the Alexander Hills outcrop.  We also received good news from ChemCam:  test images acquired on Sol 816 showed that the instrument can still acquire data without using… Read More