Astrogeology Science Center

PILOT / UPC Data Release February 2015: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

15 February 2015

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter / LROC-NACRelease #20. Mapped Images: 49,109. Unmapped Images: 2. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sols 899-902: Long weekend, long plan!

13 February 2015

Today we planned 4 sols to take the rover through President’s day weekend. We humans get a long weekend, but the rover has a lot of work to do! We were supposed to drive about 45 meters in the previous plan, but the data received this morning showed that the rover stopped after only 17… Read More

Second Planetary Data Workshop - Save the Date

12 February 2015

Conference Date: June 8-10, 2015 Venue:  High Country Conference Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, ArizonaThe purpose of this worskhop is to provide a forum for discussion of available planetary data, including information on how the data are found, downloaded,… Read More

Sols 896-898: In search of the next drill target

11 February 2015

After completing our drilling activities at the Pink Cliffs outcrop, Curiosity is ready to move on to the next location.  But where to drill?  We’re searching for something that is chemically very different from the last drill target (Mojave2).  After much discussion, we… Read More

Sols 894-895: “You do have the coolest job in the world”

9 February 2015

The planning day kicked off to a great start, with the SOWG Chair (Aileen Yingst) reminding us that we do have the coolest job in the world.  I’m the Geology Theme Lead today, and it certainly feels like an exciting job.  In this plan we’ve managed to use almost every… Read More

Sols 891-893: Sample Transfer to SAM

6 February 2015

The three sol plan will keep Curiosity very busy this weekend.  The main activities in this plan include dropping off part of the Mojave2 drill sample to the SAM instrument, and some remote sensing activities with Mastcam, ChemCam and Navcam.  The samples that we’re dropping off to… Read More

Sol 890: CheMin Analysis

5 February 2015

MSL's batteries are almost fully charged, so the Sol 890 plan includes another CheMin measurement of the "Mojave2" drill sample.  CheMin and SAM require more power than the other instruments, but we want to better understand the mineral composition of the drill sample before we dump the… Read More

Sol 889: Vein target

4 February 2015

The Sol 888 data show that the rover's batteries are recharging, and we received more data than expected.  So Sol 889 planning is less constrained by power, and we were able to include ChemCam and Mastcam observations of the dump pile (center of this image).  In the afternoon,… Read More

Sol 888: Sample dump pile

3 February 2015

The Sol 887 data received this morning show that a sample portion was successfully delivered to SAM, and the un-sieved part of the sample was dumped onto the ground as planned (the pile is just above center in this image).  Sol 888 activities are limited by the need to recharge the… Read More

Sol 887: Sample Analysis

2 February 2015

I'm SOWG Chair today, so I called in to enough of the operations planning teleconferences on Saturday to ensure that I was familiar with the goals for Sol 887.  Most people don't like working on weekends, but I definitely felt that it was worthwhile to do as much as possible while MSL is… Read More