Astrogeology Science Center

Happy International Women's Day: with Barbie!

7 March 2018

Hooray to the little girls who have grown up and are making contributions to science every day! In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, Mattel is making 17 new Barbie dolls that include an Inspiring Women line—featuring dolls based on historical female figures, and Shero… Read More

Sols 1981-1983: Second sample acquisition attempt

2 March 2018

All of the data returned for the second drill target, called "Lake Orcadie 2," support the decision to attempt to acquire sample at that location using feed-extended drilling.  So the weekend plan is focused on drilling, which is planned for the second sol (1982).  But first, on Sol… Read More

Just published 'article' on the largest crater on dwarf planet, Ceres

2 March 2018

Dr. Mike Bland is a research space scientist, at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center,  who just published a paper with engaging information on Kerwan crater. Kerwan is located on Ceres, the dwarf planet that has been the subject of mass media coverage in the past two years. Scientists… Read More

Introduction to Planetary GIS at LPSC

1 March 2018

It is not too late to signup for free GIS training by the RPIF at LPSC -- (Planetary Image Analysis with ArcGIS — March 18, Sunday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Waterway 7-8). Here is the registration page for the workshop: https://goo.gl/D9BTS1

Sol 1978: Examining drill tailings

27 February 2018

The tactical planning schedule was delayed by 2 hours today so that we would have the latest data from Sol 1977 available for planning.  When the data arrived, it quickly became clear that the feed-extended drilling did not complete as planned.  However, the new drilling technique… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Titan: Winnipeg Lacus

27 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Winnipeg Lacus for a feature on Titan. For more information, see Titan's North Polar Lakes and Seas map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Theme Approved for Faculae on Mercury

27 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the theme "word for 'snake' in various languages" for faculae on Mercury. For more information about themes, see the 'Categories' page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Kufstein

20 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Kufstein for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-27 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Seven Names Approved for Craters on Mars

20 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven craters on Mars: Dechu, Jaisalmer, Kenge, Kilmia, Qara, Topola, and Yelwa. For more information, see Mars maps MC-2, MC-6, MC-8, MC-9, MC-21, MC-22, and MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1968-1970: Dumping Ogunquit Beach sample

16 February 2018

We got lots of good news this morning:  The DRT brushing of the potential drill target completed successfully, as did SAM's recent analysis of the Ogunquit Beach sample, and the rover is healthy and ready for more!  So the weekend plan is focused on dumping the last of the Ogunquit… Read More