Astrogeology Science Center

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.

PILOT / UPC Data Release: Messenger - MDIS-WAC

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-WAC. Mapped: 22,773 Unmapped: 236 Total: 23,009. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sol 206 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Sun Blasting Mars

6 March 2013

Rather than continue with recovery efforts, MSL will be shut down due to intense solar activity. A big "coronal mass ejection" is predicted to hit Mars on Sol 207, so the rover will be commanded to go to sleep to avoid problems like the Sol 200 anomaly. Space weather can by nasty!

Sol 205 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Still Recovering

5 March 2013

The engineering and instrument teams are working to set up MSL's "B" computer with all the parameter settings needed to resume science operations. It looks like this process will take all week, so we have to be patient while they check everything out. At the same time, an anomaly response team… Read More

New Names for a Mons and a Tholus on Mars

4 March 2013

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

Sol 202 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Plan B

1 March 2013

As the MSL engineering team continues to study the Sol 200 anomaly, tactical science planning has been cancelled through this weekend. The rover has two computers, and has been running on the A side until yesterday, when commands were sent to boot up the B side. The rover is safe in this… Read More