Astrogeology Science Center

Microbes on Mars: Wanted Dead or Alive

21 July 2017

Scientists want to find microbes on Mars whether they are dead or alive! The discovery of microbes is evidence that Mars harbors life or did so in the past. Using an avalanche of scientific data acquired from the red planet, scientists have theorized and provided compelling evidence that life may… Read More

Erosion Strikes Again!

14 July 2017

If you have seen the photo below, then you have witnessed Mars’ famous upside down stream channels. How were these once flowing stream channels now flipped upside down you ask? Erosion is to blame! The infamous and sometime elusive erosion is not only found to be a troublemaker on Earth, but… Read More

Amusing Sand Match on Mars and Earth

7 July 2017

Tim Titus, Space Scientist, and others are conducting research at an analog site at Grand Falls, in Flagstaff, where the sand there resembles the sand on Mars! What an exciting discovery!  Not only can scientists use their instruments, make observations, and experiment as they would in the… Read More

Sol 1748: Bumping to a sand ripple

6 July 2017

Another touch-and-go was strategically planned for today, and there is bedrock in the arm workspace, so the tactical science team selected a block named "Tupper Ledge" for contact science.  After APXS measures the elemental chemistry of Tupper Ledge and MAHLI takes a full suite of images… Read More

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

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

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

Sol 1719: Wait and Hurry Up!

6 June 2017

Today was an interesting day of planning: because of an issue with the computer system responsible for processing data once it is received on Earth, Curiosity's images and other data from Sol 1718 didn't arrive until well into today's planning. That meant that we had to keep the plan simple and… Read More