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Date published: January 21, 2020

Free Public Lecture: Join us in a Watch Party at Astrogeology on January 23

We request the honor of your presence at the Astrogeology Science Center Watch Party on January 23, 2020. Our very own director, Dr. Justin Hagerty, will speak about How the Astrogeology Science Center is integral to the past, present, and future investigation of the Solar System, from the USGS...

Date published: January 15, 2020

Astro looking forward to the upcoming STEM Night on March 11

Mark your calendars for STEM Night at the Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff Arizona on March 11, from 7 to 9 pm.  Astrogeology volunteers will be back again this year with STEM activities for everyone. Our community,  as well as the nation,  can always count on us to do our...

Date published: January 10, 2020

Sols 2642-2644: Contact Science at Western Butte

Curiosity is still on the shoulder of Western Butte at a location that provides a good vantage point, exposes changes in stratigraphy, and reveals some interesting float blocks in our workspace. 

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Year Published: 2019

Walk in the footsteps of the Apollo astronauts: A field guide to northern Arizona astronaut training sites

Every astronaut who walked on the Moon trained in Flagstaff, AZ. In the early 1960s, scientists at the newly formed United States Geological Survey (USGS) Branch of Astrogeology led this training, teaching geologic principals and field techniques to the astronaut crews. USGS scientists and engineers also developed and tested scientific...

Vaughan, R. Greg; Schindler, Kevin; Stevens, Jeanne; Hough, Ian

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Year Published: 2019

Report from the Ice and Climate Evolution Science Analysis group (ICE-SAG)

This document is the final report of the Ice and Climate Evolution Science Analysis Group (ICESAG) that was formed by the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) as part of its preparations for the upcoming NASA Planetary Science Decadal Survey for 2023 through 2032 (see §1). Through telecons, one face-to-face meeting, and discussions with...

Putzig, Than; Diniega, Serina; Dundas, Colin M.; Titus, Timothy N.

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Active boulder movement at high Martian latitudes

Lobate stony landforms occur on steep slopes at high latitudes on Mars. We demonstrate active boulder movement at seven such sites. Sub-meter-scale boulders frequently move distances of a few meters. The movement is concentrated in the vicinity of the lobate landforms but also occurs on other slopes. This provides evidence for a new, common style...

Dundas, Colin M.; Mellon, Michael T.; Conway, Susan J.; Gastineau, Renaldo