I’m hoping to be able to resume blogging about MSL soon, but it will be difficult to report very frequently because of continuing personal and professional commitments. Fortunately, two other members of the MSL science team have volunteered to help with this blog: Ryan Anderson and Lauren… Read More
THEMIS infrared geodetically controlled mosaics, updated spacecraft pointing and orientation information (i.e., preliminary smithed SPICE kernels), and supporting documentation are available for download and public use from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Malinkin for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the map of the Moon quadrangle LAC-144 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Apologies for not blogging more frequently--my personal life has become more exciting and I'm going to have to take a break from this blog, at least for the next few months. So this will be my last blog for a while. MSL is completing the intensive investigation of The Kimberley, having… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Nili Tholus for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-13 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
I was SOWG Chair early last week, when we planned the mini drill hole. This complex operation required many hours for the tactical team to plan and review, so I was pretty exhausted when we were done. I've also had a lot of other business and personal work to do, so it's been difficult for me to… Read More
Registration is now open for the 2014 Annual Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting. Attendance by current NASA geologic mapping project PI’s is required, and other scientists and students interested in cartography, geologic mapping, and map related topical science are welcome! For more… Read More
The data returned from Sol 610 showed that the rover is stable, so the weekend plan includes lots of arm activities. On Sol 612, APXS and MAHLI will study the planned drill target before the Dust Removal Tool (DRT) brushes it off. Then MAHLI will image the brushed area before the APXS is placed… Read More
The rover bump went well, and the selected drill target is within reach. So the science team started planning various observations of the target, including MAHLI and APXS, to document its chemical composition and morphology before drilling. However, there were enough concerns about the rover… Read More
The Sol 610 plan contains fairly simple, untargeted observations, including Mastcam and Navcam mosaics and a series of Navcam images of the western sky right after the sun sets behind Mt. Remarkable. Overnight, ChemCam will point at the dark sky and obtain calibration data, measuring thermal… Read More