Keyword Search

This interface allows the user to search the holdings of the PDS archive. Results from a search include links to data sets available from the PDS archive. In addition to PDS data, the results also include links to data sets curated by other international space agencies.

You may also visit the Data Search application if you are looking for search tools or other resources.


Begin your search by entering a keyword in the text box above. The following are some examples of supported keywords and search examples:

  • A target name like mars or eros
  • An instrument name or type like spectrometer or laser altimeter or MOLA
  • A target body type like asteroid
  • A word or phrase to find in the description of a data set or search tool

You can further refine your query by:

  • Use quotation marks to bind words that occur together, e.g. "mars express"
  • Specifying a search field before the word to search, e.g. target:mars
    • The legal search fields are target:, instrument:, investigation:, instrument-type:
  • Inserting logical operator OR or AND, e.g. target:uranus OR target:neptune