When scientists land the US mothership on Mars in the future, where should they go for relief from the elements, atmosphere and radiation? When I last looked at data acquired from Mars Missions, without pareidolia tri-focal lenses on, no billion-year-old hotel exists for use. Space Scientist, Glen… Read More
Agenda and abstracts are available for the 3rd Planetary Data Workshop and The Planetary Geologic Mappers Annual Meeting, June 12–15, 2017. Flagstaff, Arizona. There is still plenty of time to register.PDFs: agenda // abstracts http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/planetdata2017/
Until now, asteroid and near-Earth object mining seemed far-fetched but is now transitioning from the realm of science fiction to reality. Three USGS Space Scientists discuss their vision for 2050 including the rationale for Solar System resource assessment and methodology, and essential planetary… Read More
The weekend drive stopped a little bit short of the target, but that’s ok because it put the rover in reach of some interesting cross-bedded rocks. We decided to do a “touch and go” plan for Sol 1691, quickly analyzing the rocks in front of us and then continuing on to… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Gediz Vallis for a feature on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Virtanen F for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see Lunar map LAC-68 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
MSL drove another 33 meters on Sol 1677, and again is surrounded by rocky outcrops partly covered by dark sand. Although Rover Planner support was available for "touch and go" contact science, the GEO science theme group decided that the limited reachable outcrop did not warrant contact… Read More
Several non-USGS scientists on the MSL operations team have volunteered to start writing blogs, so JPL is now posting all MSL blogs at their site, e.g.,https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/mars-rover-curiosity-mission-updates/?mu=sol-1674-slipping-into-a-new-planPlease monitor the above site for… Read More
Today I covered the ChemCam Payload Element Lead (PEL) role for this first Monday after Easter. Normally the ChemCam team starts Mondays with a telephone tag-up as we hand over operations between the French and US portions of the team. We alternate doing ChemCam operations from week to… Read More