Astrogeology Science Center

Sols 2049-2051: Onward and northward

11 May 2018

Curiosity is currently investigating the Blunts Point member of the Murray formation, and searching for a suitable location to drill in the near future.  I was the SOWG Chair today, and we put together a busy weekend plan focused on wrapping up contact science at our current location and… Read More

Sol 2048: Successful Bump

10 May 2018

Today is the third and final day that I'm serving as SOWG Chair this week at JPL, and I was happy to see that the bump we originally planned for Sol 2046 completed successfully on Sol 2047, placing the rover in a good position for contact science on a couple of bright blocks in front of the… Read More

Create High Quality DTMs

8 May 2018

A digital terrain model (DTM) is a digital representation of the elevation of a planetary surface. Members of the Astrogeology Team produce DTMs of different bodies in the solar system to address questions about how landscapes formed or changed over time, and to identify safe landing sites for… Read More

InSight Mars Lander to Launch on May 5

4 May 2018

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander is scheduled to launch on May 5 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and expected to land on Mars, Nov. 26, north of the Martian equator. In just five months, InSight, Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will… Read More

Names Approved for Three Faculae on Mercury

1 May 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for three features on Mercury: Gata Facula, Nakahi Facula, and Amaru Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Pluto: Baret Montes

26 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Baret Montes for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the map of Pluto in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Press Release: CaSSIS Returns First Images from Primary Science Orbit

26 April 2018

Image credit: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS. Koralev crater (165.9 E, 73.3 N) at 5.08 m/px with a ground-track velocity of 2.90 km/s. The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) flown onboard the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft, on 14 March 2016, sent out… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Oituz

23 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Oituz for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

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