Regional Planetary Image Facilities


For up-to-date information on the location of the Regional Planetary Image Facilities, see the RPIF home page

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program co-sponsors an international system of regional planetary image facilities (RPIFs). These facilities function as a library of planetary image data and associated information. Each of the 13 facilities contains nearly half a million planetary images. The facilities maintain photographic copies and digital data. In addition, several RPIFs offer workstations for users to conduct on-site image and cartographic processing. Each facility's general holdings, containing images of planets and their satellites taken from both Earth and space, together with topographic and geologic maps produced from these images, include the following:

Each facility has a video disk system that allows users to rapidly scan a collection of images. Additionally, holdings may be searched through an on-line data catalog that is supported by the network of RPIFs. Because the RPIFs are reference centers for studying and selecting lunar and planetary images, images are not permitted to leave except under exceptional circumstances. Reproductions of a few photographs at the user's expense may be possible, however. Data managers are available to assist with the ordering of materials for user's retention from the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. Information on the RPIF's is given below. In addition, there is a central RPIF home page which can be accessed, and some individual RPIF's have their own local home pages which are linked to in the list below.

Regional Planetary Image Facilities are located at the following institutions in the United States and Overseas:

United States Locations


Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility
 Center for Radiophysics and Space Physics Research
 317 Space Sciences Building
 Cornell University
 Ithaca, NY  14853-6801
 (607) 255-3833   Fax: (607) 255-9002
 Data Manager: Rick Kline
 E-mail: kline@spiffy.tn.cornell.edu
 Director: Joseph Veverka
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Northeast Regional Planetary Data Center
 Department of Geological Sciences
 Brown University
 Box 1846
 Providence, RI 02912
 (401) 863-3243   Fax: (401) 863-3978
 Data Manager: Deborah A. Glavin
 E-mail: deborah_glavin@brown.edu
 Director: Peter H. Schultz
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Regional Planetary Image Facility
 Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
 Mail Code 315
 National Air and Space Museum
 Washington, DC 20560
 (202) 633-9892   Fax: (202) 786-2566
 Data Manager: Rosemary E. Steinat
 E-mail: rsteinat@ceps.nasm.edu
 Director: Tom Watters
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Regional Planetary Image Facility
 Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences
 Campus Box 1169
 Washington University
 One Brookings Drive
 St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
 (314) 935-5679   Fax: (314) 935-7361
 Data Manager: Margo Long
 E-mail: long@wunder.wustl.edu
 Director: Raymond Arvidson
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Center for Information and Research Services
 Lunar and Planetary Institute
 3600 Bay Area Boulevard
 Houston, TX 77058-1113
 (281) 486-2182   Fax: (281) 486-2186
 Data Manager: Mary Ann Hager
 E-mail: rpif@lpi.usra.edu
 Director: Paul Schenk
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Space Photography Laboratory
 Department of Geology
 Box 871404
 Arizona State University
 Tempe, AZ 85287-1404
 (480) 965-7029   Fax: (480) 965-8102
 Data Manager: Daniel Ball
 E-mail: rpif@asu.edu
 Director: Ronald Greeley
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Space Imagery Center
 Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
 University of Arizona
 1629 E. University Blvd.
 Tucson, AZ 85721-0092
 (520) 621-4861   Fax: (520) 621-4933
 Data Manager: Maria Schuchardt
 E-mail: mariams@pirl.lpl.arizona.edu
 Director: Shane Byrne
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Regional Planetary Information Facility
 Branch of Astrogeology
 U.S. Geological Survey
 2255 North Gemini Drive
 Flagstaff, AZ 86001
 (928) 556-7264   Fax: (928) 556-7014
 Data Manager: Mary Chapman 
 E-mail: RPIF-flag@usgs.gov
 Director: David S.F. Portree
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Regional Planetary Image Facility
 Mail Stop 202-100
 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 4800 Oak Grove Drive
 Pasadena, CA 91109
 (818) 354-3343   Fax: (818) 354-0740
 Data Manager: Debbie Martin
 E-mail: jpl_rpif@jpl.nasa.gov
 Director: Timothy Parker
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Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center
 Planetary Geosciences Division/HIGP
 University of Hawaii at Manoa
 2525 Correa Rd.
 Honolulu, HI 96822
 (808) 956-3131   Fax: (808) 956-6322
 Data Manager: Chris Peterson
 E-mail: prpdc@higp.hawaii.edu 
 Director: B. Ray Hawke
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Canadian Location


Planetary and Space Science Centre
 Department of Geology
 University of New Brunswick
 P.O. Box 4400
 Fredericton NB, Canada, E3B 5A3
 (506) 453-3560   Fax: (506) 453-5055
 Data Manager: Kathryn A. MacCarthy
 E-mail: kamaccart@unb.ca
 Director: John Spray
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Overseas Locations


Planetary and Space Science Centre
 University of New Brunswick
 Department of Geology
 P.O. Box 4400
 Fredericton NB, Canada, E3B 5A3
 506-453-3560   Fax: 506-453-5055
 Data Manager: Kyle Blades
 E-mail: passc@unb.ca
 Director: John Spray
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Regional Planetary Image Facility
 University of London Observatory
 Department of Geological Sciences
 University College London
 Gower Street
 London, WC1E 6BT
 United Kingdom
 011-44-020-7679-2134   Fax: 011-44-020-7679-7614
 Data Manager: Peter Grindrod
 E-mail: p.grindrod@ucl.ac.uk
 Director: John Guest
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Phototheque Planetaire
 Department des Sciences de la Terre
 Laboratoire de Geologie Dynamique 
      de la Terre et des Planetes
 Universite Paris-Sud
 Batiment 509 F-91405 
 Orsay
 France
 011-33-1-69-15-61-51   Fax: 011-33-1-60-19-14-46
 Data Manager: Laurent Daumas
 E-mail: laurent.daumas@u-psud.fr 
 Director: Phillippe Masson
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Regional Planetary Image Facility
 Deutsche Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt e.V.
 Institute of Space Sensor Technology and Planetary Exploration
 Rutherfordstr. 2
 12489 Berlin
 Germany
 49-30-67-055-333   Fax: 49-30-67-055-372
 Data Manager: Susanne Pieth
 E-mail: rpif@dlr.de
 Director: Ralf Jaumann
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Southern Europe Regional Planetary Image Facility
 CNR - Instituto di Astrofisica Spaziale
 Area Ricerca di Roma Tor Vergata
    via del Fosso de Cavaliere, 100
 00133 Roma
 Italy
 39-6-49934449   Fax: 39-6-20660188
 Data Manager: Anna Maria Sambuco
 E-mail: sambuco@roma2.infn.it
 Director: Remo Bianchi
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Nordic Regional Planetary Image Facility
 Department of Geosciences and Astronomy
 Astronomy Division
 University of Oulu
 FIN-90570 Oulo
 Finland
 358-(0)8-553-1946   Fax:  358-(0)8-553-1934
 Data Manager: Petri Kostama
 E-mail:  petri.kostama@oulu.fi 
 Director: Jouko Raitala
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Israeli Regional Planetary Image Facility
 Department of Geography and Environmental Development
 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
 P.O. Box 653
 Beer-Sheva 84105 Israel
 972-8-647-7939     Fax:  972-8-647-2821
 Data Manager:  Shira Amir
 E-mail:  blumberg@bgu.ac.il 
 Director: Dan Blumberg
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Planetary Image Facility of Japan
 Inst. of Space and Astronomical Sciences
 3-1-1 Yoshinodai
 Sagamihara-Shi, Kanagawa 229
 Japan
 81-427-59-8198   Fax:  81-427-59-8516
 Data Manager: Satoshi Tanaka
 E-mail: tanaka@planeta.sci.isas.jaxa.jp
 Director: Akio Fujimura
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 Link to the RPIF Home Page
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Author/Curator:
Dr. David R. Williams, dave.williams@nasa.gov
NSSDC, Mail Code 690.1
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
+1-301-286-1258


NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck, edwin.j.grayzeck@nasa.gov
Last Updated: 11 December 2014, DRW