Regional Planetary Image Facility

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Regional Planetary Image Facility Network
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Regional Planetary Image Facility Locations
Abbreviation RPIF
Formation 1977 (1977)
Purpose Research, Education, Outreach
Parent organization NASA www.nasa.gov
Website www.lpi.usra.edu/library/RPIF/

NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIFs) are planetary image and data libraries located throughout the United States and overseas and are funded by both NASA and the host institutions.[1] A network of these facilities was established in 1977 to “maintain photographic and digital data as well as mission documentation. Each facility’s general holding contains images and maps of planets and their satellites taken by solar system exploration spacecraft. These planetary image facilities are open to the public. The facilities are primarily reference centers for browsing, studying, and selecting lunar and planetary photographic and cartographic materials. Experienced staff can assist scientists, educators, students, media, and the public in ordering materials for their own use.[2] Since it was formally established, the network of RPIFs has expanded to nine U.S. facilities and seven in other countries. The first RPIF to be established outside of the U.S. was in England in 1980 at the University College London (UCL), and since then RPIFs have been set up in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Japan.

Resources and Services Offered[edit]

The RPIFs store and maintain a variety of planetary data and imagery, making them unique resources covering decades of planetary science. Among the offerings are:

  • Digital and non-digital data and supporting documents from U.S. and foreign lunar and planetary missions flown since 1959
  • Field notebooks, drafts of seminal planetary science papers, and mission planning documents

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shirley & Fairbridge, eds. (1997). "Regional Planetary Image Facilities," Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences, Chapman & Hall, London, pp. 686-687
  2. ^ Muller & Grindrod (2010). "UK NASA 3D-RPIF: A European facility for extracting, analysing and visualising DTMs from HiRISE and CTX," European Planetary Science Congress 2010, September 20–24, 2010, Rome, Italy, pp. 883-884

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