The Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) is an archive of planetary data that serves the planetary research and education community throughout the Pacific. It was founded in 1983 by NASA in cooperation with the University of Hawaii in order to:

The PRPDC is one of a network of 17 NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIFs), which includes 10 centers in the United States, five in Europe, one in Japan, and one in Israel. The RPIFs are linked via Internet, allowing them to pool their resources rapidly in response to challenging data aquisition, archiving, and retrieval matters.

Access Policy

The PRPDC is open to all members of the scientific community who are engaged in planetary research. Other scientists, educators, students, and interested members of the general public are encouraged to use the Data Center, but are requested to call in advance to ensure adequate arrangements for their visit.

PRPDC Access Hours


Data Available

Lunar and planetary images are stored in many different formats: prints, negatives, positive transparencies, 16mm films, 35mm slides, photo atlases, microfiche, CD-ROM, and video disk. The PRPDC has an extensive lunar and planetary cartography collection which includes topographic and shaded relief maps. The PRPDC collection also includes mission planning and support documents, press release images, and reference materials relevant to planetary science.

For a deailed list of data holdings, view our Archived Data list.


The Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center is located on the 5th floor of the Pacific Ocean Science & Technology building, on the Manoa Campus of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on the island of Oahu.

Here's a UH Manoa Campus Map

Mailing Address:
Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center
2525 Correa Road
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822 U.S.A.

Email: prpdc @


*NOTE: The PRPDC is one of 17 NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIFs) around the world. For more information on access to images from NASA's planetary exploration programs, you must contact the nearest RPIF. We can not process international requests or requests from outside of our region.


For More Information:

University of Hawaii NASA PRPDC

Phone: (808) 956-3132

Email: prpdc @