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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.