I've been SOWG Chair for the last three days of this week, planning drives every sol. We continue to experiment with various types of observations during and after the drive, to see which give us the most information for the time and data volume required. The team has been discussing the… Read More
MSL passed one kilometer total drive odometry during the Sol 335 drive! Hopefully the two kilometer mark will be passed much more quickly, as we are halfway through the nominal mission of one Mars year (669 sols). Like yesterday, I'm MAHLI/MARDI payload uplink lead today, planning images that we… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Martynov for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-26 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The first few drives toward Mt. Sharp have been limited in length because some of the mobility software has not yet been checked out on the B computer. There are separate Hazcam and Navcam stereo pairs connected to each side of the computer, and the B Navcams behave a bit differently than the A… Read More
The Astrogeology Science Center is pleased to announce the public release of a new community resource called the Map Projection on the Web (POW) service. This free, on-line service transforms raw Planetary Data System (PDS) images to science-ready map-projected images. POW uses PDS Imaging Node… Read More
The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: MARS Odyssey / THEMIS_VIS Mapped: 1,769 Unmapped: 0 Total: 1,769 The strat times for this release are: 2012-10-01 thru 2012-12-30. Please visit PILOT to… Read More
Thirty-five new photos from the RPIF were added to Astropedia. The photo collection contains historical images from the Apollo era detailing the assembly of the Geologic Rover (Grover) and astronaut training with the rover.
The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Mars Odyssey / THEMIS_IR Mapped: 10,274 Unmapped: 0 Total: 10,274 The strat times for this release are: 2012-10-01 thru 2012-12-30. Please visit PILOT to… Read More
One of my research goals at HI-SEAS is to take spherical panoramas of various parts of the hab in thermal infrared (or what one of my friends calls “Predator vision”) at various parts of the day. This would map out the major heat sources and sinks, as well as result in an understanding… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hadriacus Palus for a small plain on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.