Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 2014: Something new and different

5 April 2018

For much of the last year, Curiosity has been exploring fine-grained rocks along Vera Rubin Ridge, and investigating red and gray color variations.  Recently, something else caught our eye: dark cobbles and boulders exposed in patches, as seen in the above Mastcam image.  We’ve seen… Read More

Sols 2008-2010: Exploring variations in composition, texture, and color

30 March 2018

Yesterday Curiosity drove 35 m to the southeast, which set us up for some great contact science on the rim of a small impact crater.  We’re working our way toward Region 13 on Vera Rubin Ridge and exploring changes in bedrock composition, texture, and color, as shown in the above Navcam… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Hawke

23 March 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Hawke for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see LAC-140 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Let the Good Times Roll at LPSC

19 March 2018

Many Astrogeology Science Center employees are off to the 49th Lunar Planetary Science Center Conference (LPSC), in Woodlands, Texas, beginning this week throughout the 23rd. LPSC is co-sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA. Astrogeology engages in this yearly conference to… Read More

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.