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Flagstaff Science Campus (FSC)

FSC History

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Flagstaff Science Campus (FSC) houses science centers and research teams of the USGS that have a diverse range of scientific expertise. The late Eugene Shoemaker established the Astrogeology Branch of the USGS in Flagstaff in 1963, as a research facility for the new science of planetary geology. Flagstaff's clear air and high elevation made it a desirable location for telescope observations of the Moon and planets, and nearby Meteor Crater was a superb training ground for the Apollo astronauts. There and in the volcanic fields surrounding Flagstaff, astronauts tested equipment and were taught to look at the Moon through the eyes of a geologist.

While the initial focus of the FSC was lunar and planetary studies, other USGS groups began to migrate to the campus in the 1960s through the 1990s. Scientific collaboration among the various scientists located at the FSC provide one of the most unique USGS campuses in the country. The expertise of FSC scientists and collaboration opportunities provide the ability to address science issues related to water, ecosystems, climate and land-use change, energy and minerals, environmental health, and planetary exploration and study.


FSC staff provides outreach to other science organizations, schools, and to the general public. Scientists provide brown bag lectures on campus and other locations in Flagstaff. The public can take self-guided tours of FSC facilities and science displays. Also, FSC staff participates in Flagstaff’s annual Festival of Science.

For more information about FSC outreach activities, please contact Greg Vaughan (, 928-556-7006)

FSC Announcements and Activities

The Flagstaff Remote Sensing Science Consortium (FRSSC, pronounced “Frisk”) includes scientists and other professionals at the USGS Flagstaff Science Campus (FSC) who develop and apply remote sensing techniques and methods in support of USGS science priorities and societal needs. Visit the FRSSC web page to learn more!

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