USGS Astrogeology Science Center Rpif News http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/news News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS gelogic products and historical exhibits en-us <![CDATA[Online Exhibit - 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0700 Just in Time for the July 14 New Horizons Spacecraft Flyby of Pluto: 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets Online Exhibit

The NASA/USGS Regional Planetary Information Facility and USGS Astrogeology Science Center are proud to announce an online animated timeline celebrating our expanding knowledge of Ceres and Pluto, the first worlds designated as dwarf planets and the first dwarf planets to be visited by spacecraft. The timeline spans more than 250 years of astronomy and spaceflight discovery. To explore "2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets," please follow this link.

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<![CDATA[RPIF Consolidation Almost Complete!]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 The USGS/NASA Astrogeology RPIF is consolidating all of its voluminous collections in one location for the first time in 25 years. The move has been ongoing since November 2013 and the end is in sight. The new facility features a room for researchers with a reference library, a student/volunteer work area, and storage for our collection of 60,000 maps, more than 20,000 photos and slides, and more than 30,000 archival documents.

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<![CDATA[The Atlantic Magazine Features Astrogeology]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0700 The Atlantic featured the Astrogeology Science Center in an article titled, When We Blew Up Arizona to Simulate the Moon. The article delves into the astronaut training and crater making that occurred at Cinder Lake in preparation for the Apollo Moon landings. For more information, see the RPIF film, Making Craters - Mare Tranquillitatis in Flagstaff Arizona.

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<![CDATA[Regional Planetary Information Facility (RPIF) Posts First Online Exhibit]]> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700 The NASA/USGS Astrogeology Regional Planetary Information Facility (RPIF) has posted its first online exhibit. The title is 1961: USGS Astrogeology's First Published Lunar Map.

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