Astrogeology Science Center

Themes Approved for the Pluto System

27 February 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved revised themes for Pluto and Charon. Themes for the four smaller moons, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra remain unchanged. For more information, see the Categories page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature or the IAU press… Read More

Sol 1619: Wrapping up dune stop #2

24 February 2017

 We are wrapping up our observations at stop #2 of the second Bagnold dunes campaign. In the Sol 1619 plan, we start off with Navcam and Mastcam atmospheric observations, followed by a ChemCam observation of the sandy target “Leighton”. Mastcam will then document Leighton and… Read More

Sols 1620-1622: A weekend full of remote sensing

24 February 2017

On Sol 1619, MAHLI experienced a fault and did not finish its planned imaging, so unfortunately the subsequent arm and mobility activities did not execute.  That means that the weekend plan is devoted to MAHLI recovery activities and a lot of remote sensing.  I was the GSTL today, and… Read More

Sol 1618: A second stop at the dunes

22 February 2017

The drive on Sol 1617 went well, and Curiosity drove 20 m to the south, which put us in a good position for another stop at the Bagnold Dunes.  This site was selected to enable comparison of the leading and trailing edges of the dunes.  Today’s plan includes ChemCam observations of… Read More

Sol 1617: Re-attempt the drive

21 February 2017

The drive planned for Sol 1616 halted early, apparently because the right rear wheel got stuck between two rocks.  The mobility team concluded that it is safe to continue, so the drive planned for Sol 1617 is essentially the same as the previously-planned drive.  Before the drive,… Read More

Downtime for Astrogeology Web Services 2/17-2/20

19 February 2017

All the web services for the USGS Astrogeology Science Center will experience downtime over the weekend for machine room maintenance.  Potential downtime will be from Friday night (2/17) until Monday night (2/20).Affected sites include:… Read More

Sols 1614-1616: Delayed planning

17 February 2017

The Sol 1612 drive went well, and there is a nice bedrock block in the arm workspace.  We received a bit more data than expected before planning started, but not enough to finalize drive plans and contact science targets.  As expected, we received more data during planning, including… Read More

Sols 1612-1613: Planning challenges

16 February 2017

After a 23-meter drive on Sol 1611, MSL again ended up in an area with many bedrock blocks partly covered by dark sand.  We're planning two sols today to get a head start on planning for the holiday weekend, with the first sol strategically planned to allow the "touch and go"… Read More

Sol 1611: Patch Mountain

15 February 2017

MSL drove almost 27 meters on Sol 1610 to a location with several potential targets, so the planning team spent some time discussing priorities.  A dark patch of bedrock, appropriately named "Patch Mountain" was chosen for ChemCam, Right Mastcam, and MAHLI observations.  The MAHLI… Read More

Sol 1610: Finishing up at Ireson Hill

14 February 2017

The activities planned for Sol 1609 went well, and MAHLI focus data indicate that high-resolution images of Perry were successfully acquired.  So we're ready to drive away from Ireson Hill after some more remote sensing of the rocks in front of the rover.  The Sol 1610 plan starts… Read More