Another good day on Mars: MSL's remote sensing mast was successfully deployed, and a Navcam panorama acquired. Not all of the images have been sent to Earth yet, but those that have been received are very useful for planning future observations. In addition, more full-resolution descent… Read More
Today I'm working as Science Uplink Representative again, planning Sol 2 activities. We now know exactly where MSL is, thanks to more good work by the MRO HiRISE team: They acquired a new image of the landing area that shows not only the rover, but its heat shield, parachute, and descent stage,… Read More
I'm working second shift today; my tactical operations role is Science Uplink Representative. As the title implies, my responsibility is to represent the science team during the uplink planning process (preparing command sequences to be transmitted to the spacecraft). The early part… Read More
All three of the USGS scientists involved in MSL are in a large conference room in JPL building 321, along with over 400 other science team members. The tension in the room is rising as MSL approaches Mars. Mars Odyssey is in position and sending a good signal, ready to relay data from MSL during… Read More
The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved nine new names for craters on Mercury: Egonu, Gaudí, Kandinsky, Petronius, Prokofiev, Tolkien, Tryggvadóttir, Qiu Ying, and Yoshikawa. For details, see the list of Mercury feature names and the map of… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Aeolis Dorsa for the Martian feature located at 5.0S, 152.6E. For more information, see the map of MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Dr. Justin Hagerty, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was named one of President Obama's recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the… Read More
The southern segment of Devana Chasma on Venus has been renamed Rona Chasma. For more information, see the maps of V-29 and V-41 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Lederberg for the Martian crater located at 13N, 314E and Ulysses Colles for the colles at 6.1N, 236.9E. For more information, see the maps of MC-9 (for Ulysses Colles) and MC-10 (for Lederberg) in… Read More
July 16, 2012: The 40th Mars Odyssey release has occurred. The data may be accessed at the online data volumes and via the Image Atlas. These data are accumulating.