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Planetary Data System Home Page Goes Live

The Planetary Data System (PDS) homepage has an all-new design, the purpose of which is to make the PDS data and tools more readily available to the existing users, as well as to potential new users. The homepage user interface has been completely redesigned, replacing complexity with simplicity and functional clarity. A redesigned search feature provides the capability to search PDS data across multiple PDS nodes.

The design work was lead by Mark Rose, with support from Laura Baalman, Josh Ganderson, and Frank Kuehnel. Deployment of the new page was a collaborative effort between Ames and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), with support from the PDS management council. The PDS homepage is hosted at JPL and available at http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov.

BACKGROUND: The Planetary Data System is a distributed archive of data products from NASA planetary missions. PDS actively manages the archive to maximize its usefulness, and it has become a basic resource for scientists around the world. PDS is composed of eight teams, called “nodes.” Five are science discipline nodes, focusing on Atmospheres, Geosciences, Planetary Plasma Interactions, Rings, and Small Bodies. The remaining three nodes provide systems engineering, navigation and ephemeris information, and image processing support. PDS is sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). All PDS-produced products are peer-reviewed, well-documented, and easily accessible via a system of online catalogs that are organized by planetary disciplines.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: PDS Headquarters, Science Mission Directorate

Contact: Jay Trimble

02/13/2009

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