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Date published: April 15, 2019

USGS Scientist Discusses Lunar Legacy with 3TV

In the following video, 3TV joined with the Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff to celebrate the lunar legacy. The video features interviews with Kevin Schindler at Lowell and USGS scientist, Ryan Anderson. This aired in Phoenix on the show "Your Life Arizona" on March 13, with a supposed reach of 61K viewers.

Date published: April 12, 2019

Sol 2375: CheMin Success at Aberlady!

Today we received the initial results from CheMin's analysis of the "Aberlady" drill sample, and they look great! This means that CheMin received enough sample and we do not need to deliver more material. Based on the initial questions about how much sample was obtained (see the ...

Date published: April 1, 2019

Discovering new thermal areas in Yellowstone's dynamic landscape!

Yellowstone's thermal areas are the surface expression of the deeper magmatic system, and they are always changing.  Recently, we have discovered another phenomenal example of thermal change—the emergence of an entirely new thermal area, which has taken place over the past 20 years!

Date published: March 12, 2019

Astrogeology Stepping Out for STEM Night

Members of the Astrogeology Science Center (ASC) stepped out on March 11 to join with other USGS Flagstaff Field Center employees and the greater Flagstaff Community in celebration of all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The 6th annual Flagstaff Community STEM celebration was held at the Northern Arizona University Skydome. Over 2000 people braved the rainy...

Date published: November 20, 2017

Previous Evidence of Water on Mars Now Identified as Grainflows

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new article published in Nature Geoscience by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: July 3, 2017

Guiding Rovers for Safe Mars Exploration

Billions of dollars and a decade worth of research are on the line in the instant that a spacecraft touches down on Mars. When deciding where to land on the planet’s rocky surface, it is essential to analyze potential landing sites and their surface characteristics.

Date published: May 12, 2017

New USGS Maps of Mars Reveal Ancient Oases

A new set of high-resolution geologic maps reveal complex geologic processes that suggest a dynamic, wet environment once existed on early Mars, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: October 26, 2016

Launch Day Celebration For Space Racers New Season Premiere On Sprout

Kids can visit the USGS Astrogeology Science Center before Nov. 6 for a chance to win an annual membership or a trip to U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Space Camp.

Date published: October 20, 2016

Water Detected on Largest Metallic Asteroid in Solar System

Scientists have discovered possible evidence for water-rich minerals on the surface of the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA. 

Date published: May 19, 2016

Understanding How Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon Creates Mountains

Mountains on Io, Jupiter’s volcanic moon, are formed by a unique geologic mechanism not found elsewhere in the solar system, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: May 6, 2016

First Global Topographic Map of Mercury Released

The first topographic map of Mercury was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona State University, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA.

Date published: December 12, 2014

New USGS Map of Mars is Most Detailed One Yet

The U.S. Geological Survey released its highest-resolution geologic map of Mars today, and it is the most detailed representation of the Red Planet to date