Astrogeology Science Center

InSight Mars Lander to Launch on May 5

4 May 2018

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander is scheduled to launch on May 5 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and expected to land on Mars, Nov. 26, north of the Martian equator. In just five months, InSight, Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will… Read More

Names Approved for Three Faculae on Mercury

1 May 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for three features on Mercury: Gata Facula, Nakahi Facula, and Amaru Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Pluto: Baret Montes

26 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Baret Montes for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the map of Pluto in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Press Release: CaSSIS Returns First Images from Primary Science Orbit

26 April 2018

Image credit: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS. Koralev crater (165.9 E, 73.3 N) at 5.08 m/px with a ground-track velocity of 2.90 km/s. The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) flown onboard the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft, on 14 March 2016, sent out… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Oituz

23 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Oituz for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Six Faculae on Mercury

16 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Bibilava Faculae, Ejo Faculae, Ibab Facula, Inyoka Faculae, Maciji Facula, and Nzoka Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sols 2022-2024: Waternish extravaganza

13 April 2018

The Sol 2020 drive completed successfully, placing the vehicle in a good position for contact science on the Waternish conglomerate.  To sample the diversity of clasts in Waternish, the Sol 2022 plan includes brushing two spots, a 5-point APXS raster, and lots of MAHLI imaging.  But… Read More

First Names Approved for Charon

12 April 2018

The first twelve names have been approved for use on Charon by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. The feature names are: Argo Chasma, Caleuche Chasma, Mandjet Chasma, Butler Mons, Kubrick Mons, Clarke Montes, Dorothy, Nasreddin, Nemo, Pirx, Revati, and Sadko. For more… Read More

Sols 2020-2021: Leaving Bressay

11 April 2018

The top science priority for this plan is to acquire all of the data needed to adequately characterize the rocks at the current location before driving away.  So the GEO Science Theme Group discussed the priorities of various proposed observations, including a Right Mastcam mosaic of… Read More

Sol 2019: The workspace that just keeps giving

10 April 2018

For the past few sols Curiosity has been exploring a diverse assemblage of cobbles and boulders on Vera Rubin Ridge, trying to understand how this blocky deposit came to be, and what the variety of rock types can tell us about geologic processes in Gale crater.  We’ve been really excited… Read More