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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. 

Date published: January 9, 2020

Sol 2639: SAM Is Feeling Better!

MSL blog post for January 8, 2020

Date published: January 7, 2020

Sol 2638: All Too Familiar

MSL Blog Post for January 7, 2020

Date published: December 23, 2019

Science and Design: New Educational Tool at Astrogeology Arrives

Astrogeology Science Center acquired a new educational 10'x25' Mars "rug" on 4 December as part of their expanded educational and outreach tools.

Date published: December 20, 2019

Flagstaff Science Campus Holiday Lunch Celebration

Staff at the USGS Flagstaff Science Campus shared fun, good food, and ugly sweater and best dessert contests on 12/18 at the Holiday Luncheon.

Date published: December 13, 2019

At this special time of year

From: The Astrogeology Science Center Team

To: You

Date published: November 20, 2019

Sol 2591: Characterizing bedrock at Central Butte

Curiosity is continuing her exploration of Central Butte, focusing on characterizing the lithology of ledge-forming rocks in this area. 

Date published: November 8, 2019

Sols 2574-2576: Characterizing Central Butte

In today’s plan, Curiosity is still investigating Central Butte. The rover is a little further up the side of the butte, and the goal is to characterize the different units that we can observe. The Navcam image displayed above shows the workspace (the area right in front of the rover that the arm can reach) for our weekend plan. 

Date published: November 4, 2019

How to create a quality digital terrain model

A digital terrain model (DTM) is a digital representation of the elevation of a planetary surface. Members of the Astrogeology team produce DTMs of different bodies in the solar system to address questions about how landscapes formed or changed over time, and to identify safe landing sites for robotic missions.

Date published: October 25, 2019

Sols 2567-2569: Butte and Tower Country

Today Curiosity is in an incredible area, with interesting rocks in the workspace and towering buttes ahead of us. “Central Butte” is visible in the Navcam image below.