Astrogeology Science Center

Mission Statement

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center serves the Nation, the international planetary science community, and the general public's pursuit of new knowledge of our Solar System by:

  • Conducting innovative, fundamental research that advances the fields of planetary cartography, geoscience, and remote sensing.
  • Developing state-of-the-art software and techniques for the scientific and cartographic analysis of planetary remote sensing data.
  • Participating in the collaborative planning and operation of space exploration missions.
  • Producing accurate cartographic products, recognized internationally as benchmarks.
  • Establishing data archive and mapping standards that foster international consistency.
  • Archiving and distributing data and products for efficient access through modern technology.

Vision Statement

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is a national resource for the integration of planetary geoscience, cartography, and remote sensing. As explorers and surveyors, with a unique heritage of proven expertise and international leadership, we enable the ongoing successful investigation of the Solar System for humankind.