Astrogeology Science Center

Microbes on Mars: Wanted Dead or Alive

21 July 2017

Scientists want to find microbes on Mars whether they are dead or alive! The discovery of microbes is evidence that Mars harbors life or did so in the past. Using an avalanche of scientific data acquired from the red planet, scientists have theorized and provided compelling evidence that life may… Read More

Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs released

15 July 2017

On July 14, 2017 the latest Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs were released by Mission Team and available from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory… Read More

Erosion Strikes Again!

14 July 2017

If you have seen the photo below, then you have witnessed Mars’ famous upside down stream channels. How were these once flowing stream channels now flipped upside down you ask? Erosion is to blame! The infamous and sometime elusive erosion is not only found to be a troublemaker on Earth, but… Read More

Amusing Sand Match on Mars and Earth

7 July 2017

Tim Titus, Space Scientist, and others are conducting research at an analog site at Grand Falls, in Flagstaff, where the sand there resembles the sand on Mars! What an exciting discovery!  Not only can scientists use their instruments, make observations, and experiment as they would in the… Read More

Sol 1748: Bumping to a sand ripple

6 July 2017

Another touch-and-go was strategically planned for today, and there is bedrock in the arm workspace, so the tactical science team selected a block named "Tupper Ledge" for contact science.  After APXS measures the elemental chemistry of Tupper Ledge and MAHLI takes a full suite of images… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Gokwe

5 July 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Gokwe for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Alnif

5 July 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Alnif for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Planetary Data Workshop 2017 presentations

29 June 2017

Planetary Data Workshop 2017 presentations are now available on the USGS Astrogeology Science Center website. The link to the presentations is available at https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/planetdata2017/program-presenter/

Become A Cartographer

29 June 2017

One of the hottest jobs in the 2000s is a cartographer. No need to know who Anaximander is, but you might intend to pursue a spatial science background. If you like map making, then you can do what you love, you can make a decent salary, and you will be in demand! According to Future U.S.… Read More

Fifteen New Lacus Names Approved for Titan

26 June 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for fifteen features on Titan: Lagdo Lacus, Buada Lacus, Annecy Lacus, Dilolo Lacus, Dridzis Lacus, Arala Lacus, Olomega Lacus, Roca Lacus, Quilotoa Lacus, Imogene Lacus, Toba Lacus, Yessey Lacus, Zaza Lacus, Rwegura Lacus… Read More