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.

Lunar crater named after former PRPDC Director

On March 16th, 2018, in honor and rememberance of the PRPDC's founding Director, Dr. B. Ray Hawke, the International Astronomical Union-Planetary Nomenclature Committee approved the name "Hawke Crater". Please see our special page describing this crater.

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. Ultimately we will digitize these materials and make them available on our web site, but for now they are just paper copies. Click here to see the list of materials in our collection.

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). Here is the list of .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):

Aristarchus (Moon)

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)

Vesta globe

PRPDC on ThinkTech Hawaii

The PRPDC has teamed with a local technology television channel (ThinkTech Hawaii) and recorded over 50 different 30-45 minute videos about various aspects of planetary exploration, studying the earth, and various NASA data sets. Click here to see our current list of videos available via YouTube:

Featured Planetary Data Set

Magellan Full-Resolution Images of Venus

Click here to go direct to our description of how to use the Planetary Data System (PDS) web sites at the U.S. Geological Survey (Flagstaff) and the University of Washington at St. Louis.

Featured Planetary Data Set

Curiosity Rover Images of Gale Crater, Mars

Click here to read our description on how to work with the University of Washington at St. Louis's Planetary Data System (PDS) Geosciences Node.

NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center
HIGP/SOEST University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) Building
Room 544
1680 East-West Rd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

For More Information:

University of Hawaii NASA PRPDC

Phone: (808) 956-3132

Email: prpdc @ higp.hawaii.edu