Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 670 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Quad Hopping

24 June 2014

After yesterday’s drive of around 39 m, we are just 24 m away from the boundary of the Shoshone quad! The landing site is divided up into squares 1.5 km on a side that we call quads. All of the targets in a given quad are assigned names from assigned names from various geologically… Read More

Three New Crater Names Approved for Mercury

23 June 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters on Mercury: Aneirin, Hafiz, and Sanai. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 669 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: One Mars Year!

23 June 2014

Happy new year everyone! As of around 3pm (Mars time) on sol 669, Curiosity will have been exploring Mars for a full martian year (687 Earth days). And what a year it’s been! We’ve driven a long way and done a lot of great science. We’ve measured the age of martian rocks, found… Read More

Sol 666 - 668 Update On Curiosity From MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: Going the Distance

20 June 2014

On Sol 665, Curiosity completed the longest drive of the mission so far (142.5 m!) through the Moosilauke Basin, and we’re busy planning 3 sols of activities that Curiosity will carry out over the weekend. On the first sol Curiosity will acquire ChemCam observations of a rock target and a soil… Read More

Sol 665 Update On Curiosity From MSL Scientist Lauren Edgar: The Road Not Taken

19 June 2014

On Sol 665 Curiosity is planning to drive through Robert Frost Pass into Moosilauke Basin. There is an hour of time for targeted science on Sol 665, which includes several ChemCam and Mastcam observations to characterize the local geology. The plan also includes some systematic DAN and REMS… Read More

Sol 662 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Resuming MSL Blog

18 June 2014

I’m hoping to be able to resume blogging about MSL soon, but it will be difficult to report very frequently because of continuing personal and professional commitments. Fortunately, two other members of the MSL science team have volunteered to help with this blog: Ryan Anderson and Lauren… Read More

THEMIS Geodetically Controlled Mosaics Available from the USGS

3 June 2014

THEMIS infrared geodetically controlled mosaics, updated spacecraft pointing and orientation information (i.e., preliminary smithed SPICE kernels), and supporting documentation are available for download and public use from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science… Read More

New Name for a Crater on the Moon

20 May 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Malinkin for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the map of the Moon quadrangle LAC-144 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 630 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: End of The Kimberley Campaign

14 May 2014

Apologies for not blogging more frequently--my personal life has become more exciting and I'm going to have to take a break from this blog, at least for the next few months. So this will be my last blog for a while. MSL is completing the intensive investigation of The Kimberley, having… Read More

New Name for a Tholus on Mars

9 May 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Nili Tholus for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-13 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.