USGS Astrogeology Science Center Pgm News News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS gelogic products and historical exhibits en-us <![CDATA[Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs released]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 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 website:
and from the PDS Annex (for MAP2 processing) as GeoTIffs (GIS-ready):
<![CDATA[Planetary Data Workshop 2017 presentations]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 Planetary Data Workshop 2017 presentations are now available on the USGS Astrogeology Science Center website. The link to the presentations is available at

<![CDATA[Third Planetary Data Workshop agenda and abstracts available]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 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

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<![CDATA[ArcGIS Online adds support for planetary layers]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Third Planetary Data Workshop and Geologic Mappers Meeting]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 Conference Date: June 12–15, 2017 

Venue:  High Country Conference Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

This worskhop will cover a wide variety of planetary data topics, including current mission data availability and tools, online data access tools and capabilities, new data visualization tools and data user training, GIS methods and software, and an introduction to PDS4 concepts and software. The workshop is intended for planetary scientists, data providers from current and recent space exploration missions, and technology and software experts.

This year we’re proud to co-host the annual NASA Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting. Co-hosting logistics to be determined.

 Agenda and presentations will be posted here

<![CDATA[Context Camera (CTX) Image Mosaics for Mars Human Exploration Zones]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 We have created 39 regional semi-controlled CTX mosaics at 5m/pixel for the 2015 proposed Mars Human Exploration zones. They are individually available for download in GeoTiff format. Cosmetically, mosaics will have hard edges between images due to seasonal, time, and calibration differences.

These regions were originally proposed during the Mars Human Exploration Zone meeting in October 2015.

<![CDATA[Ten New THEMIS Geodetically Controlled Mosaics Available from the USGS]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 THEMIS infrared geodetically controlled mosaics, updated spacecraft pointing and orientation information (i.e., preliminary smithed SPICE kernels), and supporting documentation are available for download and public use from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center.  Four daytime infrared and six nighttime infrared mosaics are newly available.  These mosaics are tied to a known coordinate system (USGS Viking Orbiter Mars Digital Image Model 2.1), spatially adjusted to align feature boundaries, and orthoprojected at 100 m/pixel scale.  This process results in sub-pixel registration between images and the daytime IR and nighttime IR mosaics to be well-registered to one another. These products enhance our knowledge (e.g., position, precision, and accuracy) of image placement and the location of small-scale surface features, and will benefit the current and future orbital acquisition of data, the planning of spacecraft and surface operations, and allows for easier and improved intercomparison of all Mars data sets.

 Please see the following website for product download and additional documentation:

Please contact Robin Fergason ( with any questions.

<![CDATA[Announcement: Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting 2016]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 Dear Planetary Geologic Mappers,
Announcing, registration and abstract submissions are now open for the 2016 Planetary Geologic Mappers’ Meeting, to be held at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 13-15.
The website is:  You can register and submit abstracts (LPSC style) through the website’s links.
Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 3, 2016

Spread the word!  We hope to see you in Flagstaff in June.
David A. Williams
GEMS Chair
<![CDATA[LIFT - Load Image from Footprint Toolbar for ArcMap]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0700 The ArcMap 10.2 Python Addin called Load Image from Footprint Toolbar (LIFT, v0.2) was just released for testing. This simple ArcMap add-in loads one or more images from a footprint vector polygon file which has a text field with the image's local path and filename in the field.  To download and installation instructions see:

Footprints can be found from PDS Imaging Node's PILOT download page or the PDS GeoScience Node's Orbital Data Explorer (ODE) under "Additional Tools". For ODE footpritnts I recommend the * downloads which have the footprints in a -180 to 180 longitude system (e.g. page for Mars or direct to CTX footprints).

<![CDATA[Agenda for the 2nd Planetary Data Workshop]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0700 Agenda and Presentations:

On the heals of the excellent ESA GIS Workshop, the 2nd Data Workshop is quickly shaping up to be another great meeting to discuss upcoming data and tools and to participate in many hands-on seesions from ISIS processing, GIS applications, an introduction to programming with Python and more.

Contact Lisa Gaddis or Trent Hare for any further information ( or )



<![CDATA[Abstracts for 2011 and 2012 PGM Meeting online]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0700 Preliminary abstract volumes for the 2011 and 2012 Annual Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting have been placed online:

<![CDATA[Digital image mosaic and topographic map of the moon released]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0700 Digital versions of the Image Mosaic and Topographic Map of the Moon have been released. The USGS Scientific Investigations Map 3316 (SIM3316) highlights both the LROC Team's global WAC mosaic and three of the LOLA Team's digital elevation models. For each map, lunar names (nomenclature) were carefully placed by our production team at the Astrogeology Science Center. In the coming month, the two layouts will be sent off for printing and hardcopies will be made available from Astrogeology and the USGS Store. To print your own copy (and eventually find hardcopies), please visit:

These maps were made possible by NASA, the  Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team, and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter team. Funding was provided by by NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Cartography Program.

Further reading on products see:

<![CDATA[Second Planetary Data Workshop - Save the Date]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0700
Conference Date: June 8-10, 2015

Venue:  High Country Conference Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

The purpose of this worskhop is to provide a forum for discussion of available planetary data, including information on how the data are found, downloaded, processed, and used for cartography and scientific data analysis. The goals of the workshop are to bring planetary scientists, data providers from current and recent space exploration missions, and technology experts together to exchange ideas on the latest tools and technologies that can be used to address current needs in planetary research and data analysis.

 Agenda and Presentations:

<![CDATA[Map of Western Candor Colles Region of Mars released]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0700 Astrogeology scientist Chris Okubo's HiRISE-based geologic map titled Bedrock Geologic and Structural Map Through the Western Candor Colles Region of Mars was publically released today.

This new map provides geologic and structural information on layered sedimentary rocks at a scale comparable to what a field geologist would see on Earth, including a precise illustration of a portion of the “Grand Canyon of Mars,” or Valles Marineris. The map provides new targets for continued scientific investigation of past potentially habitable environments on Mars.

The map is now available for download (Scientific Investigations Map, SIM 3309, PDF and GIS formats).

<![CDATA[The 2015 Annual Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0700 University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
June 20 to 25, 2015

Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21 - Optional field trip(s)
Monday, June 22 - Oral and poster presentations
Tuesday, June 23 - Oral and poster presentations
Wednesday, June 24 - GIS and Geologic Mapping - Q&A
Thursday, June 25 - Optional field trip

Abstract Deadline - TBD (likely May 30, 2015)

For more information, contact:
Dave Williams, Arizona State University