Astrogeology Science Center

Astrogeology Services No One Told You About

4 August 2017

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center (often called Astro) performs research as well as maintains and provides technical expertise in the planetary sciences. One of their legacies is that Astro was involved with the Apollo astronauts' training in preparation to go to the Moon and they have their… Read More

Sol 1777: Easing back into mission planning

4 August 2017

As the solar conjunction stand-down comes to an end, we are easing back into operations planning, focusing on Sol 1780, which will be planned in detail on Monday.  There was no SOWG meeting today, so it was a very easy day for me as SOWG Chair:  We discussed plans for next week and… Read More

Names Approved for Three Craters on Mercury: Anguissola, Anyte, and Vonnegut

4 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Anguissola, Anyte, and Vonnegut for three craters on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Meteor Impact: Preserving the Evidence

28 July 2017

Can you imagine a blazing meteor nearly 160 feet in diameter and weighing 100,000 tons, traveling at a speed of 45,000 mph, crashing into the ground in front of you? It’s not something most people would enjoy imagining! But on those rare occasions, once every few million years, this can… Read More

Three Apollo 11 Landing Site Names Approved on the Moon

26 July 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved three Apollo 11 landing site names: Mount Marilyn, Little West, and Double. For more information, see maps for LAC-60 and LAC-61 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Eight Features Approved on the Moon

26 July 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for two craters on the Moon: Guest and Wargo. Letter designations were approved for six craters on the Moon: Kohlschutter V, Grigg E, Chebyshev Z, Wood T, Korolev Z, and Chaplygin B. For more information, see the… Read More

Microbes on Mars: Wanted Dead or Alive

21 July 2017

Scientists want to find microbes on Mars whether they are dead or alive! The discovery of microbes is evidence that Mars harbors life or did so in the past. Using an avalanche of scientific data acquired from the red planet, scientists have theorized and provided compelling evidence that life may… Read More

Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs released

15 July 2017

On July 14, 2017 the latest Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs were released by Mission Team and available from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory… Read More

Erosion Strikes Again!

14 July 2017

If you have seen the photo below, then you have witnessed Mars’ famous upside down stream channels. How were these once flowing stream channels now flipped upside down you ask? Erosion is to blame! The infamous and sometime elusive erosion is not only found to be a troublemaker on Earth, but… Read More

Amusing Sand Match on Mars and Earth

7 July 2017

Tim Titus, Space Scientist, and others are conducting research at an analog site at Grand Falls, in Flagstaff, where the sand there resembles the sand on Mars! What an exciting discovery!  Not only can scientists use their instruments, make observations, and experiment as they would in the… Read More