Astrogeology Science Center

Ten New THEMIS Geodetically Controlled Mosaics Available from the USGS

22 April 2016

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 Center.… Read More

Sol 1318: DRT at Lubango

20 April 2016

The bump on Sol 1317 went well, and we’re ready to start our drilling campaign at the “Lubango” fracture zone.  After a lot of discussion this morning, the plan evolved to include contact science at three targets near “Lubango.”  First we’ll use the DRT… Read More

Announcement: Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting 2016

19 April 2016

Dear Planetary Geologic Mappers,Announcing, registration and abstract submissions are now open for the 2016 Planetary Geologic Mappers’ Meeting, to be held at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 13-15.The website is: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/pgm2016.  You can register and… Read More

Sol 1317: Preparing to Drill

19 April 2016

 On Sol 1316, Curiosity drove ~15 m back toward the “Lubango” target, which we first observed on Sol 1310.  “Lubango” is a high silica target that sits along a fracture in the Stimson formation.  The team decided to drill near this fracture to better… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Selevac

19 April 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Selevac for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1316: Back to Lobango

18 April 2016

All of the activities planned for last weekend completed successfully, including the full MAHLI wheel imaging and associated rover motion of just over 1 meter.  The science team decided to return to the Lubango outcrop based on ChemCam results that show unusually high silica there. … Read More

Sols 1313-1315: Full MAHLI wheel imaging

15 April 2016

Tactical planning was a bit hectic today as we reacted to yesterday's change in the near-term science goals, but the team quickly determined what is feasible and put together a good plan.  There are no good brushable targets in the arm workspace, so the DRT will not be used.  Rather,… Read More

Sol 1312: The best laid plans…

14 April 2016

The original plan for today included an ~11 m drive to get closure to a fracture in the Stimson formation.  However, during science discussion, the team talked further about how to best sample both altered and unaltered Stimson bedrock, and realized that some of the best places to accomplish… Read More

Sol 1311: Take Me To Fracture Town

13 April 2016

Today I was on duty as KOP again, but we got to sleep in: we started at 7 am instead of 6:30! Curiosity is in good shape and our drive was successful. In the Sol 1311 plan, we have ChemCam observations of the targets “Garnet Koppie”, “Amspoort”, “Soutrivier”,… Read More

Sol 1310: Good morning Mars!

12 April 2016

Well, that was an early morning! I was on duty as the KOP today and we started at 6:30 am, so I was up and looking at new pictures of Mars before sunrise. Normally I would not be happy about getting up so early, but I reminded myself this morning that getting to help run a nuclear-powered… Read More