Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Tactical Operations

6 August 2012

I'm working second shift today; my tactical operations role is Science Uplink Representative. As the title implies, my responsibility is to represent the science team during the uplink planning process (preparing command sequences to be transmitted to the spacecraft). The early part… Read More

Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: MSL Curiosity Rover lands on Mars!

5 August 2012

All three of the USGS scientists involved in MSL are in a large conference room in JPL building 321, along with over 400 other science team members. The tension in the room is rising as MSL approaches Mars. Mars Odyssey is in position and sending a good signal, ready to relay data from MSL during… Read More

USGS Scientist, Justin Hagerty, honored by President Obama

24 July 2012

Dr. Justin Hagerty, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was named one of President Obama's recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the… Read More

First Geologic Map of Io

22 March 2012

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center helped  complete the first geologic map of Jupiter's moon, Io. For more information see the USGS newsroom article.

New Press Release

31 December 1969

“Among the many studies reporting water on Mars, this mapping effort stands out for its careful and detailed examination of a particularly interesting part of Mars,” said Lazlo Kestay, USGS Astrogeology Science Center Director. “The result is compelling evidence of how abundant… Read More