Astrogeology Research Program, Geology Division, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
Data Center Description
The USGS Astrogeology Research Program has a history of participation in space exploration efforts and planetary mapping, starting in 1963 when the Flagstaff Field Center was established to provide lunar geologic mapping and assist in training astronauts destined for the Moon.
Throughout the years, the Program has participated in processing and analyzing data from various missions to the planetary bodies in our solar system, assisting in finding potential landing sites for exploration vehicles, mapping our neighboring planets and their moons, and conducting research to better understand the origins, evolutions, and geologic processes operating on these bodies.
The mission of the USGS Astrogeology Research Program
-Scientifically study and map extraterrestrial bodies, -Plan and conduct planetary exploration missions, and -Explore and develop new technologies in data processing and analysis, archiving, and distribution.