Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 787-788 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Drive to Gilbert Peak

22 October 2014

It was a busy day of rover operations here at the USGS.  Ken Herkenhoff was the Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) Chair and I was the Geology Science Theme Lead (STL).  Today we planned two sols and the goal was to characterize the Book Cliffs outcrop and drive toward the… Read More

New Name Approved for a Colles on Mars

21 October 2014

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

Sols 785-786 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Comet Siding Spring

20 October 2014

Sols 785-786 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Comet Siding SpringOver the weekend, a number of Mars spacecraft observed a rare encounter with comet Siding Spring.  Curiosity successfully observed the comet with Mastcam, Navcam and ChemCam RMI.  Today we’re… Read More

PILOT / UPC Data Release October 2014: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

17 October 2014

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter / LROC-NACRelease #19. Mapped Images: 52,718. Unmapped Images: 8. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sol 782-784 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Comet Observations

17 October 2014

The experience I gained planning the MARDI drive "video" for Sol 780 helped me prepare for another MARDI video during the Sol 782 drive.  I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, and got a good start on the video and post-drive MAHLI/MARDI observation planning.  But concerns were… Read More

Sol 781 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dumping Sample

16 October 2014

The 22-meter Sol 780 drive completed as planned, placing the rover near "Book Cliffs" (visible at the right side of this image).  Sol 781 planning was interrupted this morning by the "Great Shakeout" earthquake drill, but the tactical team recovered and stayed on schedule the rest of the… Read More

New Names Approved for Four Features on Mars

15 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: Hadriacus Cavi, Napo Vallis, Huallaga Vallis, and a crater, Auce. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 780 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MARDI video

15 October 2014

We were originally planning to perform some arm tests on Sol 780 to help diagnose the fault that occurred last weekend, but it was decided that they were too risky.  So a drive toward a target dubbed "Book Cliffs" was planned instead.  During the drive, MARDI will acquire images of… Read More

Update for ASU THEMIS Day and Night Mosaics

14 October 2014

ASU has recenty released updates for the THEMIS IR day-time and night-time mosaics. The day-time mosaic is a nice incremental release (from version 11.6 to 12). The night-time mosaic a recommended major release (now at version 14). While the ISIS cube format can be used in GDAL and ArcMap we will… Read More

Sol 779 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Using the arm

14 October 2014

The Sol 778 data show that the arm instruments are safe, and the arm is ready for more activities.  MAHLI will not be used until the recent arm problems are better understood, to ensure that MAHLI's lens does not get dirty if the dust cover is left open again.  However, the APXS can… Read More