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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.
USGS Role in the Future of Mars Explorationhttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/about/mars-future
On August 5, the planetary science community breathed a sigh of relief when Curiosity made a perfect landing on Mars. With a new, healthy, and extremely capable rover on the surface of Mars, new…
Spirit MI Pancam Mergeshttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/maps/mars-mer-mi-merged-products/spirit-mi-pancam-merges
1961: USGS Astrogeology's First Published Maphttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/rpif/exhibits/astros-first-lunar-map
The race to the moon began on August 17, 1958, and the Soviet Union won. This isn't the opening line of an alternate history story; rather, it is an acknowledgment that more than one moon race…
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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.
Apollo Grover Historical Photo: B3image/jpeg 12 MB
James Irwin with chest-mounted camera and David Scott (not visible) drive Grover.
Apollo Grover Historical Photo: B4image/jpeg 16 MB
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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ISPRS 1999 Location and Geologic Settings for the three U. S. Mars Landersapplication/pdf 15 kB
Super resolution of the horizon at both Viking landing sites has revealed “new” features we use for triangulation, similar to the approach used during the Mars Pathfinder Mission. We propose…
ISPRS 2004 Automation in Mars Landing-Site Mapping and Rover Localizationapplication/pdf 603 kB
Our project aims to automate Mars mapping and localization using robotic stereo and descent imagery. Stereo vision is a wellstudied domain. However, most efforts aim only at a general scene; little…
ISPRS 2002 High Precision Landing Site Mapping and Rover Localization by Integrated Bundle Adjustment of MPF Surface Imagesapplication/pdf 2 MB
High-precision topographic information from all available data is crucial to many landing site geological and engineering applications. At the same time, precise navigation and localization of the…
ISPRS 2001 High Precision Landing Site Mapping and Rover Localization by Integrated Bundle Adjustment of Ground-Based Image Dataapplication/pdf 10 kB
High precision topographic information from all available data is critical to many landing site geological and engineering applications. Meanwhile, precise navigation and localization of the rover is…
ISPRS 1999 FIDO / APEX / Athena-Based Plans for Cartographic Products and Rover Localization Analysesapplication/pdf 18 kB
In this abstract we preview the acquisition of stereo image data and resultant cartographic products and rover localization studies associated with the Athena Precursor Experiment (APEX) on the 2001…
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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 359: Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Simple PlanAstrogeology News: 8 August 2013
The Sol 356 drive went well, so another drive was planned for Sol 358. We are still "restricted," as the post-drive data will not arrive until 10 PM PDT tonight. So the Sol 359 plan includes only…
Sol 460 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Stand DownAstrogeology News: 19 November 2013
I was scheduled as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead today, but there was nothing to do because all science planning is on hold while the power issue is being investigated. Because planning is restricted…
Sol 461 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Electrical IssueAstrogeology News: 20 November 2013
There will be no MSL science planning again today, as analysis of the recent electrical issue continues. We are hope to return to normal science operations on Friday, planning 3 sols for the weekend.
Sol 487 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Dump PileAstrogeology News: 18 December 2013
I'm on my way home from the ChemCam team meeting, so again not involved in MSL tactical operations, but saw that the Sol 487 plan includes dumping the last of the Cumberland drill sample and MAHLI…