Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 356: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: First Earth Year!

6 August 2013

The MSL team is celebrating the first Earth year of operations on the surface of Mars, at JPL, on NASA TV, and at participating institutions around the world. In addition, the New York Times launched their Curiosity Tracker, which makes it easy to review previous results of the mission and keep… Read More

New Names for Three Craters on Mars

5 August 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for three craters on Mars: Belyov, Reutov, and Tyuratam. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 355: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Ripple

5 August 2013

MSL landed on Mars one Earth year ago tonight, so there were cheers and applause during the SOWG meeting today. There are some nice products on the MSL web page celebrating the first of (hopefully) many anniversaries to come. Today the tactical operations team is planning targeted remote sensing… Read More

Sol 350 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Multiprocessing

1 August 2013

The latest drive covered over 80 meters, and we are planning another drive on the second sol of the 3-sol weekend plan. In addition, more of the Cumberland drill sample will be dropped into SAM on the first sol, for analysis overnight. This is the first time arm activities and a drive have been… Read More

Sol 349: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Two Rovers

31 July 2013

Curiosity continues to drive at every opportunity, typically 70 meters each. Planning these longer drives leaves less time for science observations, but the trade is worthwhile because more interesting geology lies ahead. Meanwhile, Opportunity (launched over 10 years ago) has paused at a rock… Read More

New Names for Three Sulci and One Regio on Ganymede

30 July 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for four features on Ganymede: Melotte Regio, Babylon Sulci, Borsippa Sulcus, and Mummu Sulci. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 346 - 348: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: A Bit Hazy

26 July 2013

The Sol 345 drive went well, totaling 60 meters. We've received some nice (although a bit hazy) images of the traverse goal at the base of Aeolis Mons. We still have a long way to go, but are making good progress. I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again, planning 3 sols to get the rover through the… Read More

Sol 345: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Steady Progress

25 July 2013

We were happy to see that the long drive planned for last weekend went well, but don't expect to drive so far every sol until more software capabilities are checked out and cleared for use. I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, planning single images after each drive that are becoming standard… Read More

PILOT / UPC Data Release: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Marci

24 July 2013

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER / Marci Mapped: 41,118 Unmapped: 10,910 Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sol 339: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Visual Odometry

19 July 2013

I'm SOWG Chair again, planning three sols to get the rover through the weekend. This typically means a long Friday shift, and today is no exception. The 3-sol plan is complex, with lots of science observations and a 100-meter drive. The use of visual odometry (VO) was approved, so this… Read More