Astrogeology Science Center

Astrogeology Helps Choose Where to Land on Mars

24 October 2018

Where would you send NASA’s next Mars rover? That was the question that hundreds of scientists, including USGS Astrogeology’s Robin Fergason, Ken Herkenhoff, and Ryan Anderson set out to answer last week. The Mars 2020 rover represents the beginning of an ambitious plan to collect… Read More

Four Names Approved on Mercury

19 October 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two craters on Mercury: Carleton and Travers. Two other names were also approved: Meteor Rupes and Kainan Rupes. For more information, see Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

NASA awaits Opportunity's call

19 October 2018

Mars Explorer Rover, Opportunity. Photo Credit: NASA/JPLThe Mars Exploration Rover vehicle Opportunity remains missing in action 124 Martian days after falling silent at the onset of a global dust storm in early June. The solar powered vehicle lost power as the windblown dust blocked sunlight from… Read More

Apollo 8 Astronaut Visits Flagstaff Science Center

12 October 2018

The Astrogeology Science Center had a special guest on September 19, 2018: William Alison Anders, the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 8, the first human mission to the Moon. Anders is additionally celebrated for capturing the iconic photograph “Earthrise,” the first color photograph of… Read More

Let’s go to the movies and see First Man

9 October 2018

The movie "First Man" about Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the Moon, will be released in the United States on October 12, 2018! The film is based on the book First Man, written by Josh Singer.Here in Flagstaff, our scientists are meeting with members of NASA's Astronaut Candidate… Read More

Lunar Craters Named in Honour of Apollo 8

5 October 2018

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. The names are Anders' Earthrise and 8 Homeward. See the IAU Press Release for… Read More

Name Approved for Jovian Satellite: Valetudo

3 October 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Valetudo for the small prograde Jovian satellite (Jupiter LXII) whose orbit crosses the outer retrograde area. For more information see the Planets page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Dr. Laszlo Kestay gives talk on Mining Asteroids tomorrow

24 September 2018

Have you been dozing? Mining natural resources from comets, asteroids, and planetary bodies in our solar system departed sci-fi status a while ago. Space Mining has been on the science agenda to address depleting natural resources on Earth and to expand our future in space. Hear from Dr.… Read More

Get the scoop on Kilauea Volcano on Sunday

21 September 2018

  Eyes from around the globe have been on the horrendous site of the Kilauea Volcano of Hawaii’s Big Island since May of 2018. On Sunday, September 23, at 3 pm at the Museum of Northern Arizona, USGS Astrogeology Science Center Scientists, Elise Rumpf and Greg Vaughan, discuss their… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Mercury: Canova

6 September 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Canova for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map H-2 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.