USGS Astrogeology Science Center News http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/news News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS gelogic products and historical exhibits en-us <![CDATA[Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Vaughan]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Vaughan for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see the Moon map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[First release for QGIS featuring full FGDC symbol-set for planetary geology]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Dr. Alessandro Frigeri has pushed the first release (targeting QGIS 3.x), which includes all the FGDC symbols needed for creating planetary geologic maps. The gsymblib is a library and development environment for producing geologic symbols to be used in the QGIS desktop GIS. For more information see: https://github.com/afrigeri/geologic-symbols-qgis

This release has 2 assets:

  • Source code (zip)
  • Source code (tar.gz)

Visit the release page to download them.

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<![CDATA[Name Approved for Pluto Feature: Hermod Fossae]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Hermod Fossae for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the Pluto map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Names Approved for Seven Craters on Mercury]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Angelou, Bunin, Josetsu, Jiménez, Kirby, Rizal, and Strauss. For more information, see the Mercury map H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mars Crater: Chamba]]> Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Chamba for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the MC-11 map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Names Approved for Five Jovian Satellites]]> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Planet and Satellite Names page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Pluto Feature: Kakn├║ Fossa]]> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Kaknú Fossa for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the Pluto map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Shioli]]> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Shioli for a small lunar crater. For more information, see the Moon map LAC-78 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mars Crater: Tehachapi]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Tehachapi for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map MC-04 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mars Crater: Kilkhampton]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Kilkhampton for a crater on Mars. For more information, please see the Mars map MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Three Names Approved for Mercury: Martins, Grifo Rupes, and Soya Rupes]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Martins, Grifo Rupes, and Soya Rupes. For more information, please see the H-10 map of Mercury in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[Ten Names Approved for Europa]]> Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Belenos Mensa, Borvo Mensa, Grannus Mensa, Moyle Cavus, Kerlescan Fossae, Kermario Fossae, Ménec Fossae, Maughanasilly Fossa, Eightercua Fossa, and Beenalaught Fossa. ]]> <![CDATA[Name Approved for Mars Feature: Oxia Planum]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Oxia Planum for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars map MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. ]]> <![CDATA[NOTICE: New URL for Astrogeology News Feed]]> Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 We have a new website, and that means a new News page! Going forward, all news articles will be posted there. In addition, we have moved some of the content from this feed to the new site. Don’t forget to bookmark the new site so that you can access your favorite site much quicker! team_photo

                              Astrogeology Science Center Team 2017

New News URL: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/astrogeo-sc/news

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<![CDATA[Sol 2375: CheMin Success at Aberlady!]]> Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700

 

Today we received the initial results from CheMin's analysis of the "Aberlady" drill sample, and they look great! This means that CheMin received enough sample and we do not need to deliver more material. Based on the initial questions about how much sample was obtained (see the Sol 2373 post), SAM decided to not use their resources to analyze this sample. So in today's plan we will dump the rest of the sample on the ground where we can analyze it with Curiosity's remote sensing instruments.

We are currently deciding whether we should drill at another location nearby so SAM can have a shot at analyzing this type of rock. To help with that decision, in today's plan ChemCam will target two potential drill options, "Ulva" and "Sutors." ChemCam will also target "New Lanark" to document a possible transition between two different rock types that were observed near the rover.

We are also taking advantage of being stationary next to a large sand patch by obtaining change detection observations. In today's plan Mastcam will take images of the "Claymore" target to document potential sand motion in the area. This will tell us how windy it is in this region. 

Finally, today's plan includes a Mastcam 360 mosaic so we will get a spectacular view of our surroundings.

 

-by Kristen Bennett

 

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