USGS Astrogeology Science Center Events News News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS gelogic products and historical exhibits en-us <![CDATA[Call for Participation - Training Opportunity]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0700 Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET®

July 27-29, 2015

The 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 July 27-29, 2015.  This training will cover photogrammetric processing of planetary stereo imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET® software developed by BAE Systems.  The training is free to participants, and will cover end-to-end, hands-on photogrammetric procedures for surface extraction from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE image pairs. The topics include:

  • An introduction to photogrammetric procedures and surface generation techniques;
  • Overview of HiRISE imagery;
  • Workflow and data exchange between ISIS and SOCET Set®

The hands-on training will include an overview of ISIS preprocessing, SOCET SET® import of image and reference data, orientation procedures, triangulation and bundle adjustment, automated surface extraction of digital terrain models (DTM), editing, and data export.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, then please send an email to Dr. Robin Fergason ( with the following specific information:

  • You name and title
  • Affiliation
  • Address, phone number, and email address
  • Brief statement describing your interest in the training

Please note that seating for this session is limited to 12 individuals, so please express your interest as soon as possible.  Once the class is full, we will maintain a wait-list in case there are cancelations, and to notify interested individuals of future training opportunities.

  1. Training will be 3 days, Monday through Wednesday, July 27-29, 2015.
  2. Participants will use standardized sets of HiRISE images throughout the training.
  3. For information about GIS Training for Mappers being held July 29-31, 2015 - also hosted by the Astrogeology Science Center - please see: Interested individuals can attended both the SOCET Set® and GIS workshops.
  4. If you are interested in ISIS training, please see:


“Stereo photogrammetry is a cornerstone of the planetary surface research group at Cornell and the training provided by USGS was instrumental in starting up our lab. From first-hand experience, I can say that the ISIS and SOCET Set® classes on processing and generation of DTMs and orthoimages is an invaluable asset to the entire planetary community, especially those working on NASA RNA projects” - former trainee (2012/2013) Dr. Alexander Hayes, professor at Cornell University.


“These workshops a great opportunity for Astrogeology to make available to the whole planetary community our unique and world-class expertise in planetary photogrammetry, which has been an integral part of our mandate since the inception of Apollo mission where our team was the first to generate geodetic-grade maps of the moon,” - Astrogeology Director Dr. Laszlo Kestay.

<![CDATA[I C Ceres Celebration!]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 00:00:00 -0700 After more than seven years cruising at stunning speeds, Dawn has arrived at the dwarf planet Ceres. As the Dawn mission begins its exploration, it's time to celebrate!

Join us at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center, 2255 N. Gemini Dr., Building 3 Conference Room, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Fun hands-on activites for kids. Presentations by local scientists. Live broadcast of NASA TV. 

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<![CDATA[Job Opening: Planetary Scientist]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0700 Are you a scientist interested in pursuing planetary science research? Do you have experience in remote sensing and image processing as it applies to planetary geology studies? Do you want to be part of the design and operation of new science instruments for the exploration of the planets and satellites? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of! Apply now at

<![CDATA[Welcome to the NEW News]]> Wed, 31 Dec 1969 17:00:00 -0700 We all love seeing mission progress as posted by scientists, but we here at USGS’s Astrogeology Science Center have decided to shake it up in the News section of our website.  From now on, we’ll still be seeing mission updates and exciting new names for features throughout the solar system, as well as interviews with USGS researchers, exciting announcements about new products, highlights from our archive (RPIF), and even activities for the kiddos.

We’re here to show you how the United States Geological Survey is an integral part of the planetary science community. Sure, you’ve heard of NASA and the Planetary Society, but now it’s time to get to know the folks that do the real work! (Just kidding, NASA and Bill Nye, we know you do your part!)

We spend our days researching new methods to bring to you the best images of extraterrestrial bodies, as well as making the maps that help all of us better understand what each of these celestial objects are made of.  Our scientists are experts among experts, who also help groom the newest batch of researchers at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

This new take on our news is your opportunity to join the conversation about the most exciting planetary science and exploration going on today! Be sure to let us know what you think of our new posts by contacting us here. We also warmly welcome any suggestions; we want to write what you want to read.

Thanks for visiting, we hope to see you here again soon!