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About the Data Center

The Northeast Planetary Data Center provides planetary geology data to researchers, educators, media and the general public. It houses a vast amount of data obtained by the U.S. Space Program from 1962 to the present. Nearby colleges, schools, museums and research institutions are encouraged to use the Center.

The Data Center collection contains a wide range of primary sources including photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, maps, mission support documents, digital media and scientific reference books from the various NASA missions conducted since the inception of the space program. Several workstations are available for processing in ArcGIS, ENVI, IDL and other programs, as well as film and paper scanners and printers including a 42" large format archival printer.

While appointments are not required for visiting the Data Center, we recommend that you first contact the Manager to ensure that the requested information is available at our Center. The Data Manager can help locate in-house resources, as well as online materials, and assist in some image-processing procedures. The Data Center is located in room 216 on the 2nd floor of Lincoln Field Building, in the center of the Brown campus.

The Northeast Planetary Data Center is operated through a cooperative agreement between NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program and Brown University. The Data Center is part of a network of Regional Planetary Image Facilities located throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.


Telescopic view of Comet ISON on November 16, 2013
Photographed by Waldemar Skorupa