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January 22, 2021

Gearing up for Landing Day—USGS Mars Rover Team (Dr. Ryan Anderson)

Gearing up for Landing Day - An Interview with USGS Scientist and Mars Rover Team Member, Dr. Ryan Anderson

USGS Astrogeology has been involved in the Perseverance Mission from selecting the landing site and generating a map of the area that is on board the rover to rover operations once Perseverance lands on the red planet. Learn more about Astrogeology's

January 5, 2021

Gearing up for Landing Day—USGS Mars Rover Team (Alicia Vaughn)

Gearing up for Landing Day - An Interview with USGS Contractor and Mars Rover Team Member, Alicia Vaughan

USGS Astrogeology has been involved in the Perseverance Mission from selecting the landing site and generating a map of the area that is on board the rover to rover operations once Perseverance lands on the red planet. Learn more about Astrogeology's involvement

January 5, 2021

Gearing up for Landing Day—USGS Mars Rover Team (Dr. Ken Herkenhoff)

Gearing up for Landing Day - An Interview with USGS Scientist and Mars Rover Team Member, Dr. Ken Herkenhoff

USGS Astrogeology has been involved in the Perseverance Mission from selecting the landing site and generating a map of the area that is on board the rover to rover operations once Perseverance lands on the red planet. Learn more about Astrogeology's

November 27, 2020

Fly By of Jezero Crater and SIM 3464

This video animates the 1:75,000 scale geologic map of Jezero crater, Mars, which is the landing site for the Mars 2020 mission and Perseverance rover, scheduled to land in February, 2021. This map, created by NASA JPL scientists and supported by USGS, primarily relied onimages from the Context Camera (CTX) instrument onboard

July 27, 2020

NASA Mars Perseverance 2020 Terrain Relative Navigation Mosaics

This video highlights two mosaics of the Jezero crater landing site on Mars made by the USGS Astrogeology Science Center to support the Mars 2020 mission, as well as several key locations that the Perseverance rover may visit once it is on the surface. The larger mosaic is composed of images from the Context Camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and has a resolution

jezero
July 27, 2020

Jezero crater, Mars

Description: This is a high-resolution oblique view of the northeastern edge of the delta deposit in Jezero crater, the landing site for the Perseverance Mars rover. In the foreground, buttes of delta material stand above the crater floor. On the left and in the middle of this image, the layered rocks of the delta deposit are visible. These may be lake bed or river

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April 3, 2020

Unified Geologic Map of the Moon

This animation shows a rotating globe of the new Unified Geologic Map of the Moon with shaded topography from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). This geologic map is a synthesis of six Apollo-era regional geologic maps, updated based on data from recent satellite missions. It will serve as a reference for lunar science and future human missions to the Moon. Credit:

January 23, 2020

PubTalk 1/2020 — The Rise of the USGS in Space Exploration

The Rise of the USGS in Space Exploration: How the Astrogeology Science Center is integral to the past, present, and future investigation of the Solar System.

By Justin J. Hagerty, Director of the Astrogeology Science Center

  • Every astronaut to set foot on the Moon trained with the USGS in
MSL SAM Sol 2639
January 7, 2020

MSL SAM Sol 2639

MSL Sol 2639: SAM Image

Sols 2574-2576: Characterizing Central Butte
November 1, 2019

Sols 2574-2576: Characterizing Central Butte

Sols 2574-2576: Characterizing Central Butte

July 16, 2019

Image of the Week - Moon Craters in Arizona

Before landing on the surface of the moon in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin needed a training ground that matched their destination's cratered surface.

In the U.S., that turned out to be northern Arizona. Starting in 1967, the U.S. Geological Survey used hundreds of pounds of dynamite to blast holes into the surface of ancient lava fields south of

Upcoming ABC interviews on astronaut field training in Flagstaff
April 23, 2019

Astronaut Field Training in Flagstaff

USGS Field Test Support Unit (left to right) Dick Wiser, John Hendricks, Bill Tinnin and Putty Mills with the Explorer, a lunar rover vehicle simulator at Cinder Lake Crater Field east of Flagstaff, December 1968.