Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 828-829: Looking Closer at the Chinle Outcrop

3 December 2014

  Today all three USGS bloggers were on MSL operations! I was on duty as the Science Payload Downlink Lead (sPDL) for ChemCam, meaning that it was my job to check all of the science data that we received to make sure the data looks good and to do a quick analysis of the results. Lauren was… Read More

European Planetary GIS Workshop, May 5-7 2015, Madrid

2 December 2014

ESA and its Planetary Science Archive (PSA) User Group are pleased to announce a Planetary GIS Workshop that will be held on May 5-7 2015 at ESAC (Madrid, Spain). During this workshop the following broad areas will be presented and discussed: • scientific needs and use cases (existing, new,… Read More

Sols 826-827: Update on Curiosity from Ken Herkenhoff: Drive to Chinle

1 December 2014

The activities planned for the Thanksgiving holiday went well, and the data received so far look good, including MAHLI images showing the brushed target "Puente."  So we are ready to move on, and the Sol 826 plan includes a few ChemCam and Mastcam observations before a drive to the "Chinle"… Read More

Sols 823-825: Brushing off the dust at Alexander Hills

26 November 2014

While everyone is recovering from their Thanksgiving meals, Curiosity will be feasting on some exciting science targets at the Alexander Hills!  We are on our second pass at the Pahrump Hills, and on this pass we are using the instruments on the robotic arm to investigate several key outcrops… Read More

Sols 820-822 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Investigating Alexander Hills

25 November 2014

Curiosity is currently investigating the Alexander Hills outcrop.  This Mastcam mosaic from Sol 817 shows some of the interesting rock textures that we’ll study at this location.  With Thanksgiving coming up, the operations team is putting together several multi-sol plans so that… Read More

Sol 819 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Late planning

24 November 2014

The difficult 35-meter drive planned for Sol 817 went perfectly, placing the rover in position for arm activities on the Alexander Hills outcrop.  We also received good news from ChemCam:  test images acquired on Sol 816 showed that the instrument can still acquire data without using… Read More

Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

23 November 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has modified the definition of the descriptor term sinus and approved it for use on Titan. The theme will be "Names of terrestrial bays, coves, fjords or other inlets." For more information, see the list of descriptor terms and Titan themes in the… Read More

Sols 816-818 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Leaving Book Cliffs

21 November 2014

Over the weekend 3-sol plan, Curiosity will wrap up the investigation at Book Cliffs and drive toward Alexander Hills and Carnivore Canyon.   It’s been a great week at Book Cliffs, and Curiosity acquired a lot of exciting data.  We analyzed 3 fresh surfaces at Book Cliffs, at… Read More

Sol 815 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Another busy day at Book Cliffs

20 November 2014

Over the past few sols Curiosity has been investigating the Book Cliffs outcrop at the Pahrump Hills.   On Sol 814, Curiosity brushed off the dust at “Afton Canyon” as seen in this MAHLI image.  Today’s plan is focused on characterizing the upper part of Book… Read More

Sol 814 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: More Contact Science at Book Cliffs

19 November 2014

Curiosity is still investigating the Book Cliffs outcrop on our second pass at the Pahrump Hills.   To learn more about Curiosity’s activities at the Pahrump Hills, check out this recent press release.  I’m on duty as the Geology and Mineralogy Science Theme Lead again… Read More