Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 212 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Nothing to Do

20 March 2013

I'm scheduled as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, but there's nothing for me to do because the engineers at JPL are still working to recover from recent software anomalies. The latest fault was not serious, but delayed the return to nominal science operations. The instruments have been… Read More

New Image Base for 1:1 Million-Scale Lunar Maps

18 March 2013

The 1:1 million-scale maps of the Moon in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now show the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) global morphologic map as the base. Previous versions of the maps used the USGS shaded relief and color-coded topography… Read More

Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury

15 March 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: Alver, Donelaitis, Flaiano, Hurley, L'Engle, Lovecraft, Pahinui, Petőfi, and Roerich. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury

15 March 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: Alver, Donelaitis, Flaiano, Hurley, L'Engle, Lovecraft, Pahinui, Petőfi, and Roerich. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 210 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Clay Minerals

14 March 2013

I'm SOWG Chair again today, but because anomaly recovery continues we are not planning science activities. So I was able to watch the MSL press conference at NASA Headquarters this morning, during which the discovery of clay minerals and possible organic material in the first drill sample was… Read More

Two New Lacus Names for Titan

12 March 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Urmia Lacus and Sionascaig Lacus for use on Titan. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mars Crater Named Farim

11 March 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Farim for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-29 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Candor Sulci and Nia Tholus Approved on Mars

11 March 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two features on Mars: Candor Sulci and Nia Tholus. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 208 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Stay Patient

11 March 2013

I'm scheduled to serve as SOWG Chair today and tomorrow, but we won't be able to plan any new science observations because the recovery from the Sol 200 anomaly is not yet complete. Unfortunately, it appears that we won't resume normal science planning until next week. But the science team… Read More

PILOT / UPC Data Release: Messenger - MDIS-NAC

8 March 2013

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Messenger / MDIS-NAC Mapped: 23,223 Unmapped: 158 Total: 23,381 Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.