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The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is very active in Mars research, geology, cartography and mission support. Visit the links to the right to learn more about the team's work on the red planet.
Grover - Geologic Roverhttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/rpif/videos/grover
The Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle was an engineering miracle, but It would have collapsed on Earth under the weight of a suited astronaut. That's because it was designed to operate in lunar gravity,…
The Regional Planetary Information Facility (RPIF) at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona is an archival repository for photographic evidence of space exploration and planetary…
The USGS has worked with NASA and other space agencies to lead scientific investigations, select rover landing sites, create geologic maps and cartographic products for numerous spacecraft missions…
Mars Exploration Rovers - Spirit and Opportunityhttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/missions/mars-exploration-rover
Several USGS scientists and specialists have worked with NASA on the planning, day-to-day operation and image processing for Spirit and Opportunity on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project. Two…
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Apollo Grover Historical Photo: B1image/jpeg 14 MB
James Irwin (left) and David Scott (right) drive Grover.
Apollo Grover Historical Photo: B2image/jpeg 12 MB
James Irwin (left with checklist) and David Scott (right) drive Grover; closeup of seating area and camera.
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James Irwin with chest-mounted camera and David Scott (not visible) drive Grover.
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Charles Duke (left) and John Young (right) drive Grover; camera and transceiver covered in gold foil, fenders installed.
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Charles Duke (background) and John Young (foreground) drive Grover with canyon in background; panoramic view.
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Sol 392-396 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Waypoint 1Astrogeology News: 13 September 2013
The rover is in position to deploy the arm instruments on outcrops at Waypoint 1, so the weekend plan includes lots of APXS and MAHLI observations. So many contact and remote sensing observations…
A Mars Marathon!Astrogeology News: 24 March 2015
With the drive on Sol 3968, Opportunity has traveled more than a marathon’s distance on the surface of Mars! This is the first time that any spacecraft has exceeded the 42.195 kilometers…
Sols 966-968: More DrivingAstrogeology News: 24 April 2015
The rover drove 32 meters on Sol 964, to a position that gave us a good view of the terrain ahead and outcrops of interest. So a longer (~90 m) drive is planned for Sol 967 after…
Sol 952: Longer driveAstrogeology News: 10 April 2015
MSL drove 18 meters on Sol 951, as planned, putting the rover in position to image the terrain ahead and plan a longer drive on Sol 952. The total "wheel odometry" for the MSL…
Sol 29 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Check-in with OpportunityAstrogeology News: 7 September 2012
I was planning to stay on "Mars time" while in Flagstaff this week, but it would have meant less time with my family, so I haven't been sleeping very late. This has allowed me to call in to Mars…