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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. The Center also contains a small gallery that exhibits current themes in planetary research, and is developing capabilities for 3D printing and virtual reality.

In collaboration with the Providence Museum of Natural History and Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium, the Center has created and developed large-scale planetary-themed exhibitions for the Museum that have attracted in excess of 60,000 visitors per year. The Center is also assisting in the development of content for the full dome system at the Cormack Planetarium at the Museum.