Astrogeology Science Center

New USGS OFR: Discusses USGS-NASA Mapping Program

25 March 2019

  Planetary geologic maps show how rocks and sediments exist in three dimensions and help scientists interpret land surface evolution through time. They also help guide scientific investigations and place scientific results into a common context for comparability. Beginning at the Lunar and… Read More

Press Release

31 December 1969

Planetary geologic maps show how rocks and sediments exist in three dimensions and help scientists interpret land surface evolution through time. They also help guide scientific investigations and place scientific results into a common context for comparability. Beginning at the Lunar and Planetary… Read More

Astrogeology Stepping Out for STEM

20 March 2019

Members of the Astrogeology Science Center (ASC) stepped out last Monday night to join with other USGS Flagstaff Field Center employees and the greater Flagstaff Community in a fun-filled celebration of all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The 6th annual Flagstaff Community… Read More

Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Phison Patera

20 March 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Phison Patera for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Mars maps MC-05 and MC-13 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three Names Approved for Mars: Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes

8 March 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three new names for features on Mars: Barth, Thymiamata Serpens, and Meridiani Serpentes. For more information, see the Mars maps MC-11 and MC-12. 

My Time With Oppy

21 February 2019

The piece below was written by Alicia Vaughan, a former USGS Astrogeology researcher who played many roles* on the Mars Exploration Rover mission.The night Opportunity landed was the MOST exciting night of my life. My children are always offended by that, but it’s true. Lots of people… Read More

Name Approved for Neptunian Satellite: Hippocamp

20 February 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hippocamp for the small Neptunian satellite (Neptune XIV). For more information see the Planets page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Chang'e-4 Landing Site Name Approved: Statio Tianhe

15 February 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Statio Tianhe for the landing site where the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e-4 touched town on January 3, 2019, the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon. Four other names for features near the landing site have also… Read More

Lunar Legacy February Lecture Tonight

13 February 2019

Dr. Ivo Lucchitta, and Dr. Baerbel Lucchitta Scientist Emeritus at Astrogeology Science Center,  will be giving a talk entitled From the Mountain to the Moon on Wednesday February 13th about their personal experiences as USGS scientists helping with the Apollo missions, from training… Read More

USGS Flagstaff Science Campus back from shutdown: A notice from the SCD

12 February 2019

We would like to take this time to extend thanks to our community for their unwavering support during the partial government shutdown. The USGS Flagstaff Science Campus is back fully operational as of January 28 from the longest shutdown in history lasting 35 days. More than 30 businesses in… Read More