Astrogeology Science Center

Names Approved for Two Mensae on Mars

18 April 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Juventae Mensa and Nia Mensa for two features on Mars. For more information see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 959-961: Daughter of the Sun

17 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonThe short drive on sol 958 was a success, placing us at the top of a small ridge, facing an outcrop dubbed “Daughter of the Sun”. The plan for sol 959 is to do some ChemCam and Mastcam of targets “Gold” and “Espinoza”, followed by several Mastcam… Read More

Sol 958: Officially 10k!

16 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonThe Sol 957 drive went well, and the rover has officially driven 10 kilometers! (Last week I announced that we had reached 10k, but that was 10k measured by how many times the wheels have spun, not how far across the surface of Mars the rover has gone. Now, no matter how you… Read More

Names Approved for Three Features on Mars

16 April 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mars: Badwater crater, Greeley crater, and Syria Colles. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 957: Limited Downlink

15 April 2015

 by Ken Herkenhoff MSL drove about 65 meters on Sol 956, then took some nice images of the path ahead.  As we continue to drive each sol, acquiring images of the terrain around us is important to the science team.  We don't want to miss anything!  So the Sol 957 plan… Read More

Names Approved for Two Craters on Titan

15 April 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Titan: Forseti and Beag. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 956: Mercury Transit

14 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonWith the last portion of the Telegraph Peak sample delivered to SAM and analyzed by APXS, we are ready to keep driving. In the sol 956 plan, there is a quick science block in the morning, to allow the rover to take a couple of Mastcam pictures of nearby boulders called… Read More

Digital image mosaic and topographic map of the moon released

14 April 2015

Digital versions of the Image Mosaic and Topographic Map of the Moon have been released. The USGS Scientific Investigations Map 3316 (SIM3316) highlights both the LROC Team's global WAC mosaic and three of the LOLA Team's digital elevation models. For each map, lunar names (nomenclature) were… Read More

Sols 953-955: Dumping Telegraph Peak

13 April 2015

by Ryan AndersonOur sol 952 drive went well, and we’re very close to crossing over into a new “quad” of the map that was made before landing (meaning we will get a whole new bunch of target names to choose from!). On Saturday the team planned for a lengthy ChemCam focus test on… Read More

Sol 952: Longer drive

10 April 2015

 by Ken Herkenhoff MSL drove 18 meters on Sol 951, as planned, putting the rover in position to image the terrain ahead and plan a longer drive on Sol 952.  The total "wheel odometry" for the MSL mission is now over 10 km!  But the total traverse distance is still less than 10… Read More