The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Kait for a small crater on Ceres. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for ten features on Titan: Aura Undae, Crveno Lacus, Gandalf Colles, Genetaska Macula, Moria Montes, Mystis, Tishtrya Virgae, Tlaloc Virgae, Tupile Labyrinthus, and Veliko Lacuna. For more information, see the Gazetteer of… Read More
After driving just over 20 meters, the rover stopped 4.4 meters short of the Sol 1049 drive goal because the vehicle pitch exceeded the 15-degree limit set by the rover drivers. So another 6.4-meter drive toward the bright outcrop of interest, dubbed "Lion," was planned for Sol… Read More
The Sol 1046 wheel imaging completed nominally, and the rover is a little over 1 meter from its previous location. So the outcrop to the right of the vehicle is still close enough for ChemCam LIBS measurements, and I helped select new targets again today. The Sol 1048 plan… Read More
The 8.5-meter Sol 1044 drive completed as planned, leaving the rover in a relatively flat and smooth area that is suitable for imaging of the wheels. Wheel imaging is done periodically to assess wear, and it's time to acquire new data, so the Sol 1046 includes 5 sets of MAHLI,… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for 17 craters on Ceres: Asari, Coniraya, Gaue, Dantu, Ezinu, Fejokoo, Haulani, Kerwan, Nawish, Occator, Kirnis, Rongo, Sintana, Toharu, Urvara, Yalode, and Zadeni. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More
The drive over the weekend stopped a bit early (~17 meters instead of the intended ~25 meters) because the software that the rover uses to monitor its drive progress was being extra cautious. The rover is fine, and in the sol 1044 plan we will keep driving. Before the drive, ChemCam has… Read More
Just in Time for the July 14 New Horizons Spacecraft Flyby of Pluto: 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets Online Exhibit The NASA/USGS Regional Planetary Information Facility and USGS Astrogeology Science Center are proud to announce an online animated timeline celebrating our expanding knowledge… Read More
The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Moa Valles for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
The rover bumped back 33 cm on Sol 1039, placing all 6 wheels on firm ground and allowing contact science on the bright rocks near the top of the slope in front of the vehicle. So the weekend plan is a full one, including both contact science and a drive back toward the southwest. … Read More