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Visit the PDS Booth at LPSC!

The PDS booth in the LPSC exhibit area will be staffed with PDS personnel who can provide you with guidance or assistance on a wide range of PDS topics. Training opportunities will also be available! Sign up to request help with specific topics here:, or drop in for an informal chat with PDS staff.

Welcome to the PDS

Image of types of planetary objects

The PDS archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored by NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Its purpose is to ensure the long-term usability of NASA data and to stimulate advanced research. All PDS data are publicly available and may be exported outside of United States under "Technology and software Publicly Available" (TSPA) classification. Learn more about PDS.


Students & Educators

The PDS is mainly designed for scientists researching the planets. While you may find what you are looking for here, you are usually better off visiting one of the sites below, or another of the related sites.

Planetary Photojournal A searchable collection of press release images from NASA planetary missions.
Map a Planet Create maps of many of the planets of our solar system, with customizable locations and scale.
Cassini Rings Images A Month-By-Month Gallery of Cassini images of Saturn's Ring System.

International Planetary Science Data Archives

Planetary Science Archive An archive containing planetary science data results from ESA missions.