Sols 2386-2387: A new drill hole!

22 April 2019

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 portioning test will… Read More

Names Approved for Mercury: Six Faculae

16 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Orm Faculae, Pampu Facula, Ular Facula, Sarpa Facula, Havu Facula, and Bitin Facula. For more information, see the Mercury maps H-2 and H-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Name Approved for Callisto crater: Vili

4 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Vili for a crater on Callisto. For more information, please see the Callisto map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Ganymede crater: Laomedon

4 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Laomedon for a crater on Ganymede. For more information, please see the Ganymede map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Bellini

3 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Bellini for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Mercury Feature: Borobudur Fossae

3 April 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Borobudur Fossae for a feature on Mercury. For more information, see the Mercury maps H-13 and H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Nine Features on Ceres

27 March 2019

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved nine names for Ceres: Dankdag Labes, Sukkot Labes, Onam Labes, Lohri Tholus, Bagach Tholus, Kekri Tholus, Pasola Facula, Cerealia Tholus, and Makahiki Labyrinthus. For more information, see the Ceres map in the Gazetteer of… Read More

Press Release: 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

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.