Astrogeology Science Center


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Date published: June 5, 2019

The Geological Mapping Program Status and Future Revealed

 USGS Open File Report 2019-1012

Date published: May 29, 2019

Mars Curiosity Rover Sols 2422-2423: Familiar Rocks at Our Feet

Mars Curiosity Rover Sols 2422-2423 - What's Happening!

Date published: May 28, 2019

New MSL Video: Fly over Mount Sharp on Mars

An exciting new animation shows a proposed route for NASA's Curiosity Rover, which is climbing Mount Sharp on Mars. The annotated version of the map labels different regions that scientists working with the rover would like to explore in coming years.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/University of Arizona/JHUAPL/MSSS/USGS Astrogeology Science Center

Date published: May 21, 2019

WISC aims to inspire success for women in male-dominated fields

Five scientists from the USGS Astrogeology Science Center (ASC) attended the second annual Women in Space Conference (WiSC), on February 7 & 8, in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The conference is a much anticipated time when women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) conjoin to share their achievements, experience challenging and powerful lessons, have fantastic discussions...

Date published: May 16, 2019

Sol 2409: Playing in the Sand

The sol 2408 plan ended with the rover using its front wheel to dig a small trench in a ripple at the ripple field named "Rigg." That means today’s plan is focused on studying what that scuff uncovered. There is a lot that we can learn from these patches of active sand that we occasionally encounter as we explore Gale crater!



Date published: May 14, 2019

Scientist Discovers a New Warm Spot in Yellowstone

R. Greg Vaughan, a research scientist at the Astrogeology Science Center, has found a new thermal area in Yellowstone National Park! 

Date published: May 9, 2019

Before the Moon Landing: Astronaut Training in Flagstaff

Lunar Legacy Celebration: Great information upcoming on CBS!

Did you know every Astronaut that walked on the Moon trained in Flagstaff?

Date published: May 7, 2019

Mike and the Moon

Lunar Legacy Celebration

One night after dinner the topic of conversation drifted to my work with the USGS Astrogeology Science Center here in Flagstaff as an IT Specialist. My friends were visiting from out of town and had seen Internet articles about the Flagstaff Lunar Legacy Celebration of the 50th...

Date published: May 6, 2019

Sols 2397-2399: Go SAM, Go!

Written by Kristen Bennett on 05.03.2019.

Date published: April 29, 2019

Sol 2393-2394: Putting the L in MSL

Today's main activities use the "laboratory" instruments SAM and CheMin inside of Curiosity to analyze some of the powder from the Kilmarie drill hole. SAM will do an Evolved Gas Analysis, which involves heating the sample and measuring the gases that are generated, and CheMin will do its usual analysis, shining x-rays through the sample to determine what minerals are present. 

Date published: April 26, 2019

MER team members mourn loss of Opportunity

Local MER Team members has had to cope with the death of Mars Rover, Opportunity, due to a huge dust storm. NASA declared the mission and Opportunity done on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at JPL. Arizona Daily Sun sheds light on how the team is faring. Get the details...

Date published: April 22, 2019

Sols 2386-2387: A new drill hole!

The drilling planned for last weekend was successful, so the top priority for Sol 2386 is to drop portions of the Kilmarie sample onto a closed SAM inlet cover and take Mastcam images after each dropoff to characterize the size of each portion.  The results of this...