Astrogeology Science Center

New Names Approved for Four Features on Mars

15 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: Hadriacus Cavi, Napo Vallis, Huallaga Vallis, and a crater, Auce. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 779 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Using the arm

14 October 2014

The Sol 778 data show that the arm instruments are safe, and the arm is ready for more activities.  MAHLI will not be used until the recent arm problems are better understood, to ensure that MAHLI's lens does not get dirty if the dust cover is left open again.  However, the APXS can… Read More

Update for ASU THEMIS Day and Night Mosaics

14 October 2014

ASU has recenty released updates for the THEMIS IR day-time and night-time mosaics. The day-time mosaic is a nice incremental release (from version 11.6 to 12). The night-time mosaic a recommended major release (now at version 14). While the ISIS cube format can be used in GDAL and ArcMap we will… Read More

Sol 778 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: MAHLI recovery

13 October 2014

Over the weekend, Curiosity was supposed to perform a number of MAHLI activities to image the drill hole and the target Morrison, along with APXS on Morrison, but unfortunately an arm fault occurred during the observation of the drill hole.  This left MAHLI with its cover open. … Read More

Sol 775-777 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Weekend Planning

10 October 2014

The Sol 775 MAHLI activities were planned in advance, so it was an easy day for me as uplink lead--I only had to make minor changes to the plan.  MAHLI will take another image of the drill hole from 25 cm above it, similar to the image acquired on Sol 759, but later in the day when the… Read More

Sol 774 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: APXS raster on Morrison

9 October 2014

I'm scheduled to support MAHLI/MARDI uplink tomorrow, so today I'm getting familiar with recent results and near-term plans after spending a couple days focusing on other projects.  The "Confidence Hills" campaign continues to go well, with a successful dropoff of drill sample to SAM on… Read More

New Name Approved for Flumina on Titan

9 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Celadon Flumina for a feature on Titan. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names Approved for Five Features on Titan

8 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five features on Titan: Ecaz Labyrinthus, Kaitain Labyrinthus, Richese Labyrinthus, Caladan Planitia, and Poritrin Planitia. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Three Craters on Vesta

7 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters on Vesta: Angioletta, Hortensia, and Sentia. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Crater on Mars Named López

7 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name López for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of Mars quadrangle MC-22 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.