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New Look for Astropedia

6 July 2013

Astropedia has a new upgraded search interface. The front page now lists featured products and recently-added products. Also visible is a running tally of the products contained inside Astropedia. Thanks for all the suggestions and positive feedback.

Sol 326 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Road Trip

5 July 2013

We have started the long traverse to the base of Mt. Sharp (Aeolis Mons), the long-term goal of the mission! It may take a year to get there, depending on how many interesting features we find along the way. The challenge for the science team will be to identify the most important targets along… Read More

Sol 324 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Finishing Up at Shaler

3 July 2013

We decided to spend a bit more time investigating the "Shaler" outcrop using the arm instruments and ChemCam before starting the long drive to Aeolis Mons or "Mt. Sharp." The Sol 322 data we have received so far look good, and I was glad to see that the MAHLI calibration data I had requested were… Read More

Names Approved for Pluto's Moons P4 and P5

2 July 2013

The IAU has approved the names Kerberos for Pluto's moon formerly known as P4, and Styx for Pluto's moon formerly known as P5. For detailed information about this naming, see the IAU press release. For more information about Kerberos and Styx and other moons and planets in our Solar System, see the… Read More

New Names for Two Craters on Mars

1 July 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two craters on Mars: Blunck and Gringauz. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mapper Tip: ArcMap 10.1 Copy and Paste Symbology

1 July 2013

In ArcMap, have you ever needed to set the black edge around a ton of images to transparent? We have just released a new toolbox which might help. This new tool can copy the symbology from one defined layer and paste it to one or more other layers loaded in the table of contents (TOC). The ArcMap… Read More

Sol 322 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Contacting Shaler

1 July 2013

"Contact science," including APXS and MAHLI close-up observations of a couple of rocks at the "Shaler" outcrop, are being planned for Sols 322 and 323. There are still some concerns about the stability of the rover, so some of these observations may be delayed to Sol 323 to allow more time to… Read More

New Name for a Crater on Mercury

25 June 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Fuller for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Valley System on Mars

25 June 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Bashkaus Valles for a valley system on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 311 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Approach

25 June 2013

MSL continues to study the "Shaler" outcrop, slowed a bit by minor driving problems. Last week, the tilt of the rover exceeded the 12-degree limit during a drive toward the center of the outcrop, so the drive had to be commanded again. That drive was successful except that it ended with the left… Read More