Welcome to the PDS

Important Community Announcement

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) intends to release a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the Discipline Nodes of the Planetary Data System (PDS) by March 2015. For more details, please visit: COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NASA PLANETARY DATA SYSTEM DISCIPLINE NODESCOOPERATIVE AGREEMENT NOTICE.

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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.

If you're beginning a new archiving project, you must use PDS4 and you can start from here.

If you're developing a dataset in response to Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration and Tools (PDART), you can start from here.

If you're developing a dataset in response to SMALL INNOVATIVE MISSIONS FOR PLANETARY EXPLORATION (SIMPLEx) , you can start from here.


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.