Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved for a Crater on Mars: Moni

29 June 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Moni for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary System Nomenclature.

Sols 1027-1029: Resuming tactical operations

26 June 2015

 Mars has passed through solar conjunction, and reliable communication with the spacecraft at Mars is possible again.  As planning started this morning, we were still waiting for more data to be relayed by the orbiters to confirm that MSL is ready to resume science planning, but… Read More

Name Approved for a Feature on Mars: Dulce Vallis

19 June 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Dulce Vallis for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Change in Name for Feature on Enceladus

15 June 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the change from Samaria Fossa to Samaria Rupes for a feature on Enceladus. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

PILOT / UPC Data Release March 2015: MESSENGER

16 March 2015

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: MESSENGER Release #13MDIS-NAC. Mapped Images: 29,056. Unmapped Images: 612.MDIS-WAC. Mapped Images: 6,274. Unmapped Images: 1585. Please visit PILOT to… Read More

PILOT / UPC Data Release February 2015: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

15 February 2015

The NASA/USGS PDS Imaging Node has added the following data to the Unified Planetary Coordinate (UPC) Database. MISSION / INSTRUMENT: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter / LROC-NACRelease #20. Mapped Images: 49,109. Unmapped Images: 2. Please visit PILOT to access/download the new release.

Sols 1003-1004: Last tactical planning before solar conjunction

1 June 2015

Today is the last day of MSL tactical operations until after solar conjunction, so this will probably be the last MSL update for a few weeks.  Ryan Anderson and I are both on shift as payload uplink lead today, but because the instruments we're representing (ChemCam and MAHLI/MARDI,… Read More

Sols 1000-1002: Photometry

29 May 2015

  We're planning 3 sols of MSL activities today, starting with Sol 1000!  As we continue to prepare for solar conjunction, arm motion is allowed in this plan, but no contact science.  The plan starts with ChemCam and Mastcam observations of a platy rock called "Newland" and a… Read More

Sol 999: Last MAHLI images before conjunction

28 May 2015

Today is the last day we can plan MAHLI activities before the operational stand-down for solar conjunction, to ensure that we have time to confirm that MAHLI's dust cover is safely closed.  So we worked to include as many MAHLI images as possible in the Sol 999 plan, making for a rather hectic… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Pierazzo

28 May 2015

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Pierazzo for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.