Astrogeology Science Center

New Theme Approved for Faculae on Mercury

27 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the theme "word for 'snake' in various languages" for faculae on Mercury. For more information about themes, see the 'Categories' page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Kufstein

20 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Kufstein for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-27 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Seven Names Approved for Craters on Mars

20 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven craters on Mars: Dechu, Jaisalmer, Kenge, Kilmia, Qara, Topola, and Yelwa. For more information, see Mars maps MC-2, MC-6, MC-8, MC-9, MC-21, MC-22, and MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sol 1968-1970: Dumping Ogunquit Beach sample

16 February 2018

We got lots of good news this morning:  The DRT brushing of the potential drill target completed successfully, as did SAM's recent analysis of the Ogunquit Beach sample, and the rover is healthy and ready for more!  So the weekend plan is focused on dumping the last of the Ogunquit… Read More

Newly Published Article Today on Dunes

15 February 2018

Excerpt: Dune-like structures appear in the depths of Earth’s oceans, across its landscapes, and in the extremities of the solar system beyond. Dunes rise up under the thick dense atmosphere of Venus, and they have been found under the almost unimaginably ephemeral atmosphere of a… Read More

Eating Together Boost Productivity?

13 February 2018

Astrogeology employees did not attend a ball or a parade for Mardis Gras, but together had a good lunch with a Mardis Gras theme. Besides sharing a good meal, they may have reaped a secondary benefit. According to a new Cornell University study, the team may see a boost in… Read More

Sol 1963: Getting ready for the SAM geochronology experiment

12 February 2018

Over the weekend Curiosity drove ~52 m to the northeast to another patch of gray bedrock.  The team is interested in characterizing the gray bedrock to determine if we might want to drill here.  But before we can think about drilling again, we need to wrap up our analyses of the cached… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Chukhung

9 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Chukhung for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-03 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Geologists Tell All by Name

1 February 2018

Tenielle Gaither and Rosalyn Hayward are multi-talented geologists at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center who just released an informative and most interesting report on Planetary Nomenclature. Not only does the report capture the interworking of Planetary Nomenclature today, it reveals the… Read More

Sols 1952-1953: Another “touch and go”

31 January 2018

Along with many of my MSL colleagues, I’m attending our semi-annual science team meeting, enjoying the presentations and discussion of recent results and plans for the future.  Meanwhile, today’s tactical operations team is planning another “touch and go” for Sols 1952… Read More