Welcome to the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC)The PRPDC is hosted by the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The PRPDC is one of seventeen Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIF) around the world, archiving planetary data that serves the planetary research and education community throughout the Pacific. We strive to provide users of NASA planetary data with some of the latest information about on-going NASA missions, as well as access to these data sets and derived products that help with their interpretation.
Images of the Month
After years of fine effort, the Arizona State University RPIF has discontinued the production of a monthly selection of the best new planetary images. But from July 2018, Hawaii's PRPDC has taken up this effort to provide the community with a selection of images.
Click here to see this month's selection, and our archive of earlier images.
PRPDC Acquires Clementine Documentation!
Thanks to Dr. Trevor Sorensen, who was the Lunar Mission Manager for the 1994 Clementine Mission to the Moon, the PRPDC has now acquired much of the original documentation for this mission. So far, we have several hundred pages available on-line. Ultimately we will digitize all these materials and make them available on our web site, but for now they are just paper copies. There are some real gems here -- did you know, for instance, that there were plans for a second Clementine mission? Follow the following link to see what is available already:
Clementine materials in our collection.
Archival Telescopic Spectra
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, many of the planetary researchers at the University of Hawaii went to the Mauna Kea telescopes to collect spectra of the Moon, asteroids, and comets. We are starting to digitize some of their old plots.
Click here to see the spectra of the asteroids and comets.
3-D Prints of Planetary Landscapes
The PRPDC has followed Brown University's RPIF's lead, and has started to produce planetary landscapes in stereolithography (.stl) format files for download and your use. You could also visit the Brown RPIF site for to see their data at
(Brown RPIF's 3-D Prints). The PRPDC is producing .stl files for the Mars digital elevation models that we have on-line.
Here are the other .stl files which you can download from on Hawaii's RPIF site by right-clicking on the file name (note: we have painted our prints, which makes the relief much easier to see):
Earth globe, with 7X topography to match Mars globe
Gale Crater, Mars 5x vertical exaggeration
Hawaii Island Chain, same scale as Olympus Mons DEM
Olympus Mons, scaled to Hawaii Island Chain
Mare Orientale, Moon
Mars, with 7X topography to match Earth globe
Tsiolkovskiy (Moon) landslide (NW rim)