The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: MARS Odyssey / THEMIS_VIS Mapped: 182,196 Unmapped: 134 Total: 182,330 Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.
I'm not scheduled in any tactical operations roles this week, but have been calling into planning meetings for both MSL (Curiosity) and MER (Opportunity). The rovers and other Mars spacecraft are preparing for the upcoming "superior conjunction" of Mars, when the planet will pass behind the Sun as… Read More
The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has corrected the following data in the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Mars Odyssey / THEMIS_IR Mapped: 10,923 Unmapped: 63 Total: 10,986 These are corrected IR night images that previously were unmapped. Please visit PILOT to… Read More
I was MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again for Sol 227 planning, but again didn't have much to do (just moving images between camera and rover memory). The focus has been on SAM and CheMin analyses of the first drill sample, and they are getting some good data. The rover is operating well on the B… Read More
At long last, the MSL team has resumed planning science observations! I was MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead on Monday, and although we didn't plan any activities with those cameras, it was good to be involved in tactical operations again. The engineering team is still working to fully understand the Sol… Read More
The digital 1:5,000,000-scale lunar geologic map series (I-703, I-948, I-1034, I-1047, I-1062, and I-1162) are now released and available for download. These renovated GIS databases utilized new topographic data and image mosaics to spatially adjust the contacts, structures, geologic and surface… Read More
I'm scheduled as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead again today, but there's nothing for me to do because the engineers at JPL are still working to recover from recent software anomalies. The latest fault was not serious, but delayed the return to nominal science operations. The instruments have been… Read More
I'm SOWG Chair again today, but because anomaly recovery continues we are not planning science activities. So I was able to watch the MSL press conference at NASA Headquarters this morning, during which the discovery of clay minerals and possible organic material in the first drill sample was… Read More
I'm scheduled to serve as SOWG Chair today and tomorrow, but we won't be able to plan any new science observations because the recovery from the Sol 200 anomaly is not yet complete. Unfortunately, it appears that we won't resume normal science planning until next week. But the science team… Read More
The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Messenger / MDIS-WAC. Mapped: 22,773 Unmapped: 236 Total: 23,009. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.