The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the change from Samaria Fossa to Samaria Rupes for a feature on Enceladus. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET®July 27-29, 2015The Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility at the Astrogeology Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey would like to announce its Call for Participation for a training opportunity on… Read More
Today is the last day of MSL tactical operations until after solar conjunction, so this will probably be the last MSL update for a few weeks. Ryan Anderson and I are both on shift as payload uplink lead today, but because the instruments we're representing (ChemCam and MAHLI/MARDI,… Read More
We're planning 3 sols of MSL activities today, starting with Sol 1000! As we continue to prepare for solar conjunction, arm motion is allowed in this plan, but no contact science. The plan starts with ChemCam and Mastcam observations of a platy rock called "Newland" and a… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Pierazzo for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Today is the last day we can plan MAHLI activities before the operational stand-down for solar conjunction, to ensure that we have time to confirm that MAHLI's dust cover is safely closed. So we worked to include as many MAHLI images as possible in the Sol 999 plan, making for a rather hectic… Read More
A short bump on Sol 997 put Curiosity in a great position to investigate a few different rock units in Marias Pass, using the instruments on the rover’s arm. The 2.5 m drive brings our total odometry to 10,599 m. With the upcoming solar conjunction (Mars will be on the opposite… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Mars: Coprates Montes and Nectaris Montes. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Curiosity spent the weekend characterizing the terrain and bedrock exposed in Marias Pass. Curiosity drove 33 m further into Marias Pass, bringing our total odometry to 10,596 m. The drive set us up perfectly to investigate the contact between two different types of bedrock… Read More
On Sol 992 Curiosity took a short drive into Marias Pass to get a better look at the terrain ahead. The 6 m drive on Sol 992 brought our total odometry to 10,562 m. It also put Curiosity in a great position for targeted science over the long holiday weekend. The 4 sol plan includes… Read More