Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 792-793 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson

27 October 2014

I’ve been swamped with work for other projects recently, but those are behind me now, and I’m excited to get caught up on what Curiosity has been doing! The plan for Sol 792 has a nice big science block that we plan to fill with lots of targeted observations by ChemCam and Mastcam.… Read More

Sols 789-791 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Approaching Alexander Hills

24 October 2014

It was another fun day of operations as we planned Curiosity’s continued investigation of the Pahrump Hills.  Ken Herkenhoff was the SOWG Chair and I was the Geology STL.  The drive on Sol 787 placed Curiosity approximately 18 m from the Gilbert Peak outcrop, and 8 m from what is… Read More

Sols 787-788 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Drive to Gilbert Peak

22 October 2014

It was a busy day of rover operations here at the USGS.  Ken Herkenhoff was the Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) Chair and I was the Geology Science Theme Lead (STL).  Today we planned two sols and the goal was to characterize the Book Cliffs outcrop and drive toward the… Read More

New Name Approved for a Colles on Mars

21 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hydraotes Colles for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 785-786 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Comet Siding Spring

20 October 2014

Sols 785-786 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: Comet Siding SpringOver the weekend, a number of Mars spacecraft observed a rare encounter with comet Siding Spring.  Curiosity successfully observed the comet with Mastcam, Navcam and ChemCam RMI.  Today we’re… Read More

PILOT / UPC Data Release October 2014: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

17 October 2014

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 #19. Mapped Images: 52,718. Unmapped Images: 8. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sol 782-784 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Comet Observations

17 October 2014

The experience I gained planning the MARDI drive "video" for Sol 780 helped me prepare for another MARDI video during the Sol 782 drive.  I'm MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, and got a good start on the video and post-drive MAHLI/MARDI observation planning.  But concerns were… Read More

Sol 781 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dumping Sample

16 October 2014

The 22-meter Sol 780 drive completed as planned, placing the rover near "Book Cliffs" (visible at the right side of this image).  Sol 781 planning was interrupted this morning by the "Great Shakeout" earthquake drill, but the tactical team recovered and stayed on schedule the rest of the… Read More

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 780 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MARDI video

15 October 2014

We were originally planning to perform some arm tests on Sol 780 to help diagnose the fault that occurred last weekend, but it was decided that they were too risky.  So a drive toward a target dubbed "Book Cliffs" was planned instead.  During the drive, MARDI will acquire images of… Read More