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 unique or rare 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.
CTX-Derived Digital Elevation Models
Hawaii's RPIF has started to place digital elevation models (DEMs) derived from CTX images of Mars. We currently have almost 60 different DEMs on-line, along with .stl files and other information about the data.
Click here to see our current selection, which includes impact craters, volcanoes and other landforms.
Rare or Unique PRPDC Documents
One of the goals of the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) is to digitize and place on-line a number of its rare or unique hard-copy holding. Where ever possible, we make these OCR (optical character recognition) compatible. For instance, 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:
Digitized rare planetary documents 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 CTX-derived Mars digital elevation models that we have on-line.
In addition, there are the other
.stl files you can also download.