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Date published: March 11, 2020

Sols 2701-2702: Approaching a possible drill target

The Sol 2700 drive went well, setting the rover up for contact and remote science on exposures of the pediment-capping bedrock.  Before the arm is deployed on Sol 2701, ChemCam will measure the elemental chemistry of the sides of a couple bedrock slabs dubbed "Strath Halladale" and "Glen Tanar."  

Date published: March 6, 2020

Sols 2694-2695: Close to the Top!

A short drive was planned in the previous sol to place Curiosity just below the top of the pediment. The drive went extremely well, and the workspace available for tosol’s plan is beautiful and full of tantalizing outcrops. 

Date published: March 4, 2020

Astrogeology Field Notes

Highlights of our February happenings.

Date published: February 14, 2020

Io Volcano Observer proposal selected for further study by NASA’s Discovery Program: More Love for Outer Space

On February 13, NASA announced the selection of the Io Volcano Observer as one of the four proposals for future Discovery-class missions to move a step closer to launch later this decade. The good news comes just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Date published: February 11, 2020

Astro looking forward to the upcoming STEM Night on March 9

Mark your calendars for STEM Night at the Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff Arizona on March 9, from 5 to 7 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 part to help children get excited about STEM.  We're hoping to see you there! 

Date published: February 11, 2020

Sols 2673-2675: Ongoing Analyses at Hutton

Curiosity is parked at the “Hutton” drill site, just below the contact with the overlying Greenheugh pediment.  After a successful drill last week, the rover has been focused on ongoing analyses of the drill sample and further characterization of this site.  

Date published: February 10, 2020

Hot Off The Digital Press: An aeolian grainflow model for Martian Recurring Slope Lineae

Colin Dundas, a Research scientist at the Astrogeology Science Center, recently had a paper published on February 3, in the scientific journal Icarus, entitled "An aeolian grainflow model for Martian Recurring Slope Lineae."  Slope Lineae are a lively topic of debate in planetary science.

Date published: January 28, 2020

Astrogeology Finding New Ways to Connect With the Community

Despite a short notice to invite the public to the Astrogeology Science Center Watch Party on January 23, local people came to watch Dr. Justin Hagerty deliver a lecture from the Menlo Park Conference Center in California.

Date published: January 28, 2020

Sol 2658: Touch and Go

The Sol 2657 drive went well, so we have new bedrock exposures to explore on Sol 2658.  The goal for today is to get good chemical and remote sensing data in this location before proceeding uphill toward the south.  A "touch-and-go" sol is planned, starting with a short APXS integration on a bedrock slab named "Marchmont."  

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 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