Astrogeology Science Center

Names Approved for Six Faculae on Mercury

16 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Bibilava Faculae, Ejo Faculae, Ibab Facula, Inyoka Faculae, Maciji Facula, and Nzoka Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 2022-2024: Waternish extravaganza

13 April 2018

The Sol 2020 drive completed successfully, placing the vehicle in a good position for contact science on the Waternish conglomerate.  To sample the diversity of clasts in Waternish, the Sol 2022 plan includes brushing two spots, a 5-point APXS raster, and lots of MAHLI imaging.  But… Read More

First Names Approved for Charon

12 April 2018

The first twelve names have been approved for use on Charon by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. The feature names are: Argo Chasma, Caleuche Chasma, Mandjet Chasma, Butler Mons, Kubrick Mons, Clarke Montes, Dorothy, Nasreddin, Nemo, Pirx, Revati, and Sadko. For more… Read More

Sols 2020-2021: Leaving Bressay

11 April 2018

The top science priority for this plan is to acquire all of the data needed to adequately characterize the rocks at the current location before driving away.  So the GEO Science Theme Group discussed the priorities of various proposed observations, including a Right Mastcam mosaic of… Read More

Sol 2019: The workspace that just keeps giving

10 April 2018

For the past few sols Curiosity has been exploring a diverse assemblage of cobbles and boulders on Vera Rubin Ridge, trying to understand how this blocky deposit came to be, and what the variety of rock types can tell us about geologic processes in Gale crater.  We’ve been really excited… Read More

Astrogeology Sows STEM Seeds

9 April 2018

The fifth Annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration, at Lawrence Walkup Skydome, was another undertaking of progress for presenting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Astrogeology seldom misses an opportunity to sow STEM seeds — encouraging STEM activities,… Read More

Names Approved for Seven Faculae on Mercury

6 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven faculae on Mercury: Abeeso Facula, Agwo Facula, Nathair Facula, Neidr Facula, Suge Facula, Thueban Facula, and Slang Faculae. For more information, see Mercury maps H-3, H-4, H-5, and H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Garu

6 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Garu for a crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 2014: Something new and different

5 April 2018

For much of the last year, Curiosity has been exploring fine-grained rocks along Vera Rubin Ridge, and investigating red and gray color variations.  Recently, something else caught our eye: dark cobbles and boulders exposed in patches, as seen in the above Mastcam image.  We’ve seen… Read More

Sols 2008-2010: Exploring variations in composition, texture, and color

30 March 2018

Yesterday Curiosity drove 35 m to the southeast, which set us up for some great contact science on the rim of a small impact crater.  We’re working our way toward Region 13 on Vera Rubin Ridge and exploring changes in bedrock composition, texture, and color, as shown in the above Navcam… Read More