Big data and tools primary topics at 2nd Planetary Data Workshop in June in Flagstaff, Arizona
A computer user with a hand on a cursor pointing device with two screens depicting planetary surfaces with certain regions enhanced with color; Credit: Lisa Gaddis

Status of Tools and Data for Planetary Research

Planetary science missions are returning data at an unprecedented rate. The NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) now provides nearly a petabyte of data, and these data are used daily by scientists worldwide for science research, mission planning, education, and outreach. New science questions, analysis methods, and data synthesis and visualization tools are continually being developed, necessitating regular consultation between users and tool developers.

By Lisa Gaddis and Trent Hare