Astrogeology Research Program

Division of the US Geological Survey which studies planetary geology and cartography / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Astrogeology Science Center is the entity within the United States Geological Survey concerned with the study of planetary geology and planetary cartography.[1][2] It is housed in the Shoemaker Building in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Center was established in 1963 by Eugene Merle Shoemaker to provide lunar geologic mapping and to assist in training astronauts destined for the Moon as part of the Apollo program.[3]

The USGS Shoemaker Building, located on the campus of the Flagstaff Science Center, is the home of the Astrogeology Science Center
Displays in the entryway of the USGS Shoemaker Building, featuring Grover, a version of the lunar rovers used to train astronauts in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Since its inception, the Astrogeology Science Center has participated in processing and analyzing data from various missions to the planetary bodies in the 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.[4]