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China's Qaidam Basin Landscape Similar with Mars
Geologist, sedimentation expert and Mars Science Laboratory team member David Rubin of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center investigates longitudinal dunes in China's Qaidam Basin. He comments: "The landscape has some similarity with Mars: almost total lack of vegetation and wind-...
Infrared mosaic image of Mars Gale crater by the Thermal Emission Imaging Spectrometer (THEMIS) of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center and Arizona State University. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to land in Gale crater Aug. 5, 2012. ...
Neil Armstrong on Mule
Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong piloting a mule in the Grand Canyon, Ariz., March 1964....
Blasting craters for a new section of the Cinder Lakes outside Flagstaff, Ariz.(July 1968). USGS Astrogeology constructed a mockup of a section of the moon's Sea of Tranquillity in a cinder field to aid with training and time-and-motion studies....
Grover was built in just four months in 1971 by the USGS Astrogeology Research Program (called the Branch of Astrogeology at the time) and used to training Apollo 15-17 astronauts at the Cinder Lakes training ground near Flagstaff, in California's Mojave Desert, and in the Rio Grande gorge near Taos...