Astrogeology Science Center


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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.

Date published: October 21, 2019

Sol 2563: Touch-and-go… towards some impressive strata!

Curiosity Rover Mission Update for Sol 2563.

Date published: October 15, 2019

Astrogeology extends expertise to PLANETS Project

Astrogeology’s subject matter experts help to develop science activities for middle-schoolers.

Date published: October 15, 2019

Join in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills on October 17

 The 2019 International ShakeOut Day is on October 17. Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes, whether they live, work, or travel to an area where earthquakes are common. Be prepared to survive and to recover quickly when the next big earthquake happens. Participation is free. Learn more and register at

Date published: October 9, 2019

Astrogeology Invites the Community to Visit!

As part of Flagstaff’s popular Festival of Science events, the USGS Flagstaff Science Campus recently hosted a Campus-Wide Open House. The Astrogeology Science Center (ASC), Southwest Biological Science Center, and Arizona Water Science Center all provided a variety of activities for the approximately 225 happy visitors who attended.

Date published: September 25, 2019

Sols 2538-2539: An Intermission Filled with Remote Sensing

Today started off with the news that yestersol’s plan did not fully complete. There was an issue in the set of planned SAM activities that resulted in those activities not completing. While we diagnose the issue, we are taking a break from drill activities and filling the plan with lots of remote science.

Date published: September 13, 2019

A new hot spot discovered in Yellow Stone National Park!

Hot spot makes national news!