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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 a planetary resource library as well as an archival repository for photographic…
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.
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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…
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…
Sol 51 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Back in FlagstaffAstrogeology News: 27 September 2012
I haven't been following the MSL mission for the last couple days, traveling back to Flagstaff to give a talk about Mars rovers for the Flagstaff Festival of Science today at Lowell Observatory.…
Sol 520 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: No Rest for the RoverAstrogeology News: 22 January 2014
Another drive was planned on Monday, despite the federal holiday, and it went well. The images taken after that drive were used to plan targeted remote sensing (Mastcam and ChemCam) on rocks…
Sol 35 update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Belly of the RoverAstrogeology News: 11 September 2012
There were more cheers and applause when MAHLI images of the belly of the rover were displayed. The camera, which can focus at distances from 2 cm to infinity, is working perfectly! It also took…