Astrogeology Science Center

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

PILOT taking orders 24-7

23 June 2017

Would you like to download data of Mars, Saturn, the Moon, or some other interesting planetary images for scientific research, academia, or just plainly because you would like to? Do you need help with processing the data as well and you need it fast? If you answered “yes” to any of… Read More

Naming a Baby or Planetary Feature: Which is Easier?

16 June 2017

After debating over what to name the baby, you’d probably be happier to name a planetary surface feature, natural satellite, dwarf planet, or a planetary ring or two. It seems easier than the conundrums of figuring out what to name a child, particularly when it gets frustrating and everyone… Read More

Fifteen Lacus Names Approved for Titan

11 June 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for fifteen features on Titan: Mweru Lacus, Taupo Lacus, Prespa Lacus, Van Lacus, Ypoa Lacus, Suwa Lacus, Rukwa Lacus, Ihotry Lacus, Viedma Lacus, Phewa Lacus, Rannoch Lacus, Chilwa Lacus, Muzhwi Lacus, Maracaibo Lacus, and… Read More

The Grandest Canyon on Mars

9 June 2017

There has always been a fascination with canyons, their beauty, size, and history. Many people travel long distances to see and to explore these nature-made wonders. Mars’ magnificent Valles Marineris canyon, for example, would be a place we canyon lovers would pack up and go see --if… Read More

Sol 1721: An easier planning day

8 June 2017

MSL drove 26 meters on Sol 1720, as planned, to a location with blocks of bedrock in the arm workspace.  Because the rover climbed another 3 meters in elevation, contact science has top priority for today's plan, with driving next in priority.  One of our strategic goals is to… Read More

Names Approved for Three Features on Mars: Hiddekel, Icaria, and Phrixi Rupes

7 June 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mars: Hiddekel Rupes, Icaria Rupes, and Phrixi Rupes. For more information, see Mars maps MC-12, MC-24, and MC-25 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.