Astrogeology Science Center

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Year Published: 2019

The volcanic character of Mercury

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Byrne, Paul K; Whitten, Jennifer L; Klimczak, Christian; McCubbin, Francis M.; Ostrach, Lillian

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Year Published: 2019

Overview of spirit microscopic imager results

This paper provides an overview of Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Microscopic Imager (MI) operations and the calibration, processing, and analysis of MI data. The focus of this overview is on the last five Earth years (2005–2010) of Spirit's mission in Gusev crater, supplementing the previous overview of the first 450 sols of the...

Herkenhoff, Kenneth E.; Squyres, Steve W; Arvidson, Raymond E.; Cole, Shoshanna B; Sullivan, Rob; Yingst, Aileen; Cabrol, Nathalie; Lee, Ella (Contractor); Richie, Janet; Sucharski, Robert M.; Calef, Fred J.; Bell, James F. ; Chapman, Mary; Geissler, Paul; Edgar, Lauren A.; Franklin, Brenda; Hurowitz, Joel A.; Jensen, Elsa; Johnson, Jeffrey R.; Kirk, Randolph L.; Lanagan, Peter; Mullins, Kevin; Leff, Craig; Maki, Justin; Redding, Bonnie L.; Rice, Melissa; Sims, Michael H.; Springer, Richard; Sunda, Annette; Spanovich, Nicole; Soderblom, Laurence A.; Vaughan, Alicia

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Year Published: 2019

Bright carbonate surfaces on Ceres as remnants of salt-rich water fountains

Vinalia and Cerealia Faculae are bright and salt-rich localized areas in Occator crater on Ceres. The predominance of the near-infrared signature of sodium carbonate on these surfaces suggests their original material was a brine. Here we analyze Dawn Framing Camera's images and characterize the surfaces as composed of a central structure, either a...

Ottavian Ruesch; Lynnae Quick; Landis, Margaret Evelyn; Sori, M.M.; Čadek, O.; Brož, P.; Otto, K.A.; Bland, Michael T.; Byrne, S.; Castillo-Rogez, J.C.; Hiesinger, H.; Jaumann, R.; Krohn, K.; McFadden, L.A.; Nathues, A.; Neesemann, A.; Preusker, F.; Roatsch, T.; Schenk, P.M.; Scully, J.E.C.; Sykes, M.V.; Williams, D.A.; Raymond, C.A.; Russell., C.T.

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Year Published: 2018

Revisiting the Apollo photogrammetric mapping system

The integrated photogrammetric mapping system flown on the last three Apollo lunar missions (15, 16, and 17) in 1971 and 1972 incorporated a Metric (mapping) Camera, a high-resolution Panoramic Camera, and a star camera and laser altimeter to provide support data. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center, the Intelligent Robotics...

Edmundson, Kenneth; Alexandrov, Oleg; Archinal, Brent; Becker, Kris J.; Becker, Tammy L; Mapel, Jesse; Moratto, Zachary M.; Nefian, Ara V.; Richie, Janet; Robinson, Mark S.; Shepherd, Makayla; Shinaman, John; Smith, Ethan

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Year Published: 2018

Image mosaic and topographic maps of Mercury

Map DescriptionsSheet 1: This image mosaic is based on observations acquired by the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS; Hawkins and others, 2009), an instrument on the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft (Solomon and others, 2007). The Mercator projection...

Hunter, Marc A.; Hare, Trent M.; Hayward, Rosalyn K.; Chabot, Nancy L.; Hash, Christopher D.; Denevi, Brett W.; Ernst, Carolyn M.; Murchie, Scott L.; Blewett, David T.; Malaret, Erick R.; Solomon, Sean C.; Becker, Kris J.; Becker, Tammy L.; Weller, Lynn A.; Edmundson, Kenneth L.; Neuman, Gregory A.; Mazarico, Erwan; Perry, Mark E.
Hunter, M.A., Hare, T.M., Hayward, R.K., Chabot, N.L., Hash, C.D., Denevi, B.W., Ernst, C.M., Murchie, S.L., Blewett, D.T., Malaret, E.R., Solomon, S.C., Becker, K.J., Becker, T.L., Weller, L.A., Edmundson, K.L., Neuman, G.A., Mazarico, E., and Perry, M.E., 2018, Image mosaic and topographic maps of Mercury: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3404, scale 1:20,000,000 and 1:12,157,366, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3404.

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Year Published: 2018

Correcting spacecraft jitter in HiRISE images

Mechanical oscillations or vibrations on spacecraft, also called pointing jitter, cause geometric distortions and/or smear in high-resolution digital images acquired from orbit. Geometric distortion is especially a problem with pushbroom sensors, such as the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument on-board the Mars...

Sutton, S.S.; Boyd, A.K.; Kirk, Randolph L.; Cook, Debbie; Backer, Jean; Fennema, A.; Heyd, R.; McEwen, A.S.; Mirchandani, S.D.

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Year Published: 2018

Mars global digital dune database (MGD3)—Composition, stability, and thermal inertia

The Mars Global Digital Dune Database (MGD3) is an online repository that has catalogued dune fields larger than 1 km2 located between latitudes 90° N. and 90° S. The work presented here expands upon previous MGD3 open-file reports, with a new emphasis upon characterizing dune fields through composition, stability, and thermal inertia. Included in...

Gullikson, Amber L.; Hayward, Rosalyn K.; Titus, Timothy N.; Charles, Heather; Fenton, Lori K.; Hoover, Rachael H.; Putzig, Nathaniel E.
Gullikson, A.L., Hayward, R.K., Titus, T.N., Charles, H., Fenton, L.K., Hoover, R., and Putzig, N.E., 2018, Mars global digital dune database (MGD3)—Composition, stability, and thermal inertia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1164, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181164.

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Year Published: 2018

Cryovolcanic rates on Ceres revealed by topography

Cryovolcanism, defined here as the extrusion of icy material from depth, may be an important planetary phenomenon in shaping the surfaces of many worlds in the outer Solar System and revealing their thermal histories1,2,3. However, the physics, chemistry and ubiquity of this geologic process remain poorly understood, especially in comparison to...

Sori, M. M.; Sizemore, H. G.; Byrne, S.; Bramson, A. M.; Bland, Michael T.; Stein, N. T.; Russell, C. T.

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Year Published: 2018

A new Enceladus global control network, image mosaic, and updated pointing kernels from Cassini's thirteen-year mission

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spent 13 years exploring the Saturn system, including 23 targeted flybys of the small, geologically active moon Enceladus. These flybys provided a wealth of image data from Cassini's Imaging Science Subsystem. To improve the usability of the Enceladus data set, we created a new, global photogrammetric control network...

Bland, Michael T.; Becker, Tammy L.; Edmundson, Kenneth; Roatsch, Thomas; Archinal, Brent; Takir, D.; Patterson, G. W.; Collins, G. C.; Schenk, P. M.; Pappalardo, R. T.; Cook, Debbie

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Year Published: 2018

Complex bedding geometry in the upper portion of Aeolis Mons, Gale crater, Mars

The Upper formation of Aeolis Mons in Gale crater exhibits curvilinear bedding patterns on the surfaces of several erosional benches that have been interpreted as cross-bedding. We use High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) stereo topography to test this hypothesis by measuring the bedding geometry within these benches. The bedding...

Anderson, Ryan; Edgar, Lauren A.; Rubin, David M.; Lewis, Kevin W.; Newman, Claire
Anderson, R.B., Edgar, L.A., Rubin, D.M., Lewis, K.W., Newman, C., 2018. Complex bedding geometry in the upper portion of Aeolis Mons, Gale crater, Mars. Icarus 314, 246–264. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.06.009

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Year Published: 2018

A novel technique for precision geometric correction of jitter distortion for the Europa Imaging System and other rolling shutter cameras

We use simulated images to demonstrate a novel technique for mitigating geometric distortions caused by platform motion (“jitter”) as two-dimensional image sensors are exposed and read out line by line (“rolling shutter”). The results indicate that the Europa Imaging System (EIS) on NASA’s Europa Clipper can likely meet its scientific goals...

Kirk, Randolph L.; Shepherd, Makayla; Sides, Stuart
International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-3, 735–739.

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Year Published: 2018

Final Mimas and Enceladus atlases derived from Cassini-ISS images

The Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) on-board Cassini took a few high-resolution images of the icy Saturnian satellites Mimas and Enceladus over the last seven years of the Cassini mission during non-targeted flybys. We used the new Mimas images to improve the existing semi-controlled mosaic of Mimas. A new controlled...

Roatsch, Thomas; Kersten, E.; Matz, K.-D.; Bland, Michael T.; Becker, Tammy L.; Patterson, Gerald Wesley; Porco, C.