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Date published: June 25, 2020

Bound to Make an Impact: Astro Employee Recognized for Photo Submission

Marc Hunter of the Astrogeology Science Center has been recognized for a photo of a Valles Marineras Tharsis color topographic map chosen to be included in the Plenary Session at the upcoming July 2020 Esri Federal GIS Conference.

Date published: June 15, 2020

Sols 2795-2796: Approaching Bloodstone Hill

A few months ago, Curiosity drove up on top of the Greenheugh pediment (see this blog post: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission-updates/8624/sols-2696-2698-made-it/) to investigate the capping unit that is visible on top. After Curiosity drove off the pediment, the rover...

Date published: June 12, 2020

Sols 2792-2794: Contact science on the way to “Bloodstone Hill”

Curiosity is making good progress on the way to “Bloodstone Hill,” an interesting bright outcrop visible on the left side of the above Navcam image.  The plan is to drive around the large sand patch and then make our way up to the hill, hopefully sometime next weekend.  But before we get to “Bloodstone Hill,” there’s a lot of great science to be done this weekend! 

Date published: June 5, 2020

A new song inspires memory of the man buried on the Moon

Millions of people are listening to a song called “Shoemaker” by a Finnish music group called 'Nightwish', written as a tribute to Dr. Eugene Shoemaker (April 28, 1928 – July 18, 1997) , founder of Astrogeology Science Center.

Date published: June 1, 2020

Sol 2781-2782: Sulfates or Bust

Today’s plan marks the start of our more than 1.5 km traverse to the next major unit of Mt. Sharp, the “sulfate-bearing” unit. During this traverse the focus will be on driving as far as we can each sol, but we’ll still be doing plenty of science along the way.

Date published: May 21, 2020

May’s Must-Read Journal Article: An ancient lake on Mars?

As the Curiosity rover explores the Martian climate and geology of  Mars,  scientists are hoping to find definitive evidence that life once existed there by studying its environment.  When new data are acquired and studied, scientists make known their findings to other scientists, as well as to the public and in different venues.

Date published: May 13, 2020

Sol 2763-2764: SAM is Getting Ready

There was a hiccup with SAM in Monday’s plan preventing it from running the “preconditioning” steps to get ready for sample analysis, but after studying the issue the SAM team says that everything looks ok.

Date published: May 6, 2020

‘Cereously’: An Ice Shell of Ceres keeps fiery debates burning

In March 2015, researchers were excited as they waited for details about the dwarf planet Ceres from NASA’s Dawn mission. Further knowledge of the structure, surface, and history of Ceres were long-awaited and in acquisition. Dawn's revelation of the composition of Ceres’ 40-km-thick crust is debated among researchers despite the wealth of data collected. 

Date published: April 26, 2020

Astrogeology Field Notes: March

Astrogeology Field Notes for March.  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

 

Date published: April 21, 2020

Sols 2740-2741: Making the most of this stop

The plan for Sol 2740 and 2741 is focused on diagnosing the issue with MAHLI, but while we are sitting in one place, we will also collect plenty of remote sensing data of the area around the rover.

Date published: April 20, 2020

Sizzling News: Astrogeology releases a new map of the Moon

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center (ASC), in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Institute, has released a new definitive geologic map of the Moon!

Date published: April 20, 2020

USGS Releases First-Ever Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –  Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space.