Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 1719: Wait and Hurry Up!

6 June 2017

Today was an interesting day of planning: because of an issue with the computer system responsible for processing data once it is received on Earth, Curiosity's images and other data from Sol 1718 didn't arrive until well into today's planning. That meant that we had to keep the plan simple and… Read More

Names Approved for Three Features on Mars: Hiddekel, Icaria, and Phrixi Rupes

7 June 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mars: Hiddekel Rupes, Icaria Rupes, and Phrixi Rupes. For more information, see Mars maps MC-12, MC-24, and MC-25 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Check out PBS trailer of The Farthest

5 June 2017

Check out this awesome PBS trailer of “The Farthest’.  You won’t want to miss it on August 23, 2017, when it's released. 'The Farthest' is a production of Crossing-The-Lines Films that chronicles the past and future of the Voyager mission. Larry Soderblom,… Read More

New Press Release: Wet environment once existed on early Mars

2 June 2017

“Among the many studies reporting water on Mars, this mapping effort stands out for its careful and detailed examination of a particularly interesting part of Mars,” said Laszlo Kestay, USGS Astrogeology Science Center Director. “The result is compelling evidence of how abundant… Read More

New Press Release

31 December 1969

“Among the many studies reporting water on Mars, this mapping effort stands out for its careful and detailed examination of a particularly interesting part of Mars,” said Lazlo Kestay, USGS Astrogeology Science Center Director. “The result is compelling evidence of how abundant… Read More

Sol 1714: Let’s try that again

1 June 2017

Unfortunately the Sol 1713 activities were not uplinked due to an issue at the DSN station, so today’s plan is focused on recovering the activities that were planned yesterday.  The good news is that we’ll be in the same location for the start of the weekend plan, so… Read More

TKO on Control Network Challenges

31 May 2017

The saying, “work smarter not harder,” is exactly what ISIS programmers have in mind for users when challenging the capabilities and limits of tools and technologies while writing the next best app.  Computer Scientist, Kris Becker, developed a feature-finding program… Read More

Humans May Adapt Ancestor's Way of Dwelling

23 May 2017

When scientists land the US mothership on Mars in the future, where should they go for relief from the elements, atmosphere and radiation? When I last looked at data acquired from Mars Missions, without pareidolia tri-focal lenses on, no billion-year-old hotel exists for use. Space Scientist, Glen… Read More

Third Planetary Data Workshop agenda and abstracts available

22 May 2017

Agenda and abstracts are available for the 3rd Planetary Data Workshop and The Planetary Geologic Mappers Annual Meeting, June 12–15, 2017. Flagstaff, Arizona. There is still plenty of time to register.PDFs: agenda // abstracts http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/planetdata2017/

ArcGIS Online adds support for planetary layers

18 May 2017

Several from NASA and the USGS worked with Esri to include several planetary bodies into their ArcGIS Online mapping environment. While planetary layers have been cataloged on ArcGIS Online for several years, and functioned properly in ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, the javascript measurement tools… Read More