Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Kalpin

15 November 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Kalpin for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-15 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

My Journey to Geology and BEYOND

9 November 2018

My journey to geology started one class at a time. In my mid-twenties, with a full-time office job, life seemed sweet, except there was a void in my education that needed filling. I began taking classes, part-time, at Coconino Community College. I enrolled in each science course available, and… Read More

Sol 2223: Optimism for “Highfield”

6 November 2018

On Sol 2222, Curiosity drove ~10 m towards the “Lake Orcadie” location, in the hopes that we would be able to drill the gray Jura member here.  Today’s plan is focused on characterizing the target “Highfield,” the bright patch of outcrop shown in the middle… Read More

So long to NASA's Dawn spacecraft: mission ending today!

1 November 2018

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, launched in September 2007, ended its long journey today.  After failed communications and subsequent analyses of the cause, scientists concluded Dawn ran out of hydrazine fuel. This comes as no surprise as  NASA announced in October 2017 that the… Read More

Astrogeology Awarded by ISPRS for Apollo Photogrammetry Paper

30 October 2018

  Researchers from USGS Astrogeology, along with colleagues from NASA Ames Research Center and Arizona State University (ASU) were recently awarded Best Interactive Presentation at the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) symposium held at the Karlsruhe Institute… Read More

Sols 2213-2215: Eyes on the sky

26 October 2018

The focus of today’s three-sol plan is environmental monitoring.  I’ll be on duty as SOWG Chair on Monday, so I dialed in today to get up to speed.  The first sol kicks off with Mastcam tau, Navcam line of sight, and Navcam dust devil observations, to monitor the… Read More

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