Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 10 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Science Kickoff

15 August 2012

After a nice vacation in Flagstaff, I returned to JPL in time for Sol 10 planning. I was scheduled this time as Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) Chair, with responsibility for leading the discussion of data received the previous sol and deciding what to do the next sol. This job is part of… Read More

Sol 3 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Navcam Panorama

8 August 2012

Another good day on Mars: MSL's remote sensing mast was successfully deployed, and a Navcam panorama acquired. Not all of the images have been sent to Earth yet, but those that have been received are very useful for planning future observations. In addition, more full-resolution descent… Read More

Sol 2 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist, Ken Herkenhoff: Planning Report

7 August 2012

Today I'm working as Science Uplink Representative again, planning Sol 2 activities. We now know exactly where MSL is, thanks to more good work by the MRO HiRISE team: They acquired a new image of the landing area that shows not only the rover, but its heat shield, parachute, and descent stage,… Read More

Sol 1 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Tactical Operations

6 August 2012

I'm working second shift today; my tactical operations role is Science Uplink Representative. As the title implies, my responsibility is to represent the science team during the uplink planning process (preparing command sequences to be transmitted to the spacecraft). The early part… Read More

Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL Curiosity Rover lands on Mars!

5 August 2012

All three of the USGS scientists involved in MSL are in a large conference room in JPL building 321, along with over 400 other science team members. The tension in the room is rising as MSL approaches Mars. Mars Odyssey is in position and sending a good signal, ready to relay data from MSL during… Read More

USGS Scientist, Justin Hagerty, honored by President Obama

24 July 2012

Dr. Justin Hagerty, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was named one of President Obama's recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the… Read More

Mars Odyssey Release 40

16 July 2012

July 16, 2012: The 40th Mars Odyssey release has occurred. The data may be accessed at the online data volumes and via the Image Atlas. These data are accumulating.

Coordinates of Named Lunar Features Now Available in LOLA Reference Frame

4 June 2012

In 2012, coordinates of the named features in the lunar portion of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature were updated. Previous coordinates were based on maps using the Unified Lunar Control Network… Read More

Three New Names Approved for Features on Mars

16 May 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Aeolis Mons, Aeolis Palus, and Robert Sharp. For more information, see the maps of MC-22 and MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names Approved for Asteroid (2867) Steins

11 May 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 23 craters and one regio on asteroid (2867) Steins. For details, see the list of Steins feature names and the image of Steins in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.