Welcome to the PDS

Image of types of planetary objects

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. Learn more about PDS.


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.
Welcome to the Planets Reference information and images of each planet in our solar system.
Map a Planet Create maps of many of the planets of our solar system, with customizable locations and scale.
Cassini Press Release
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.