Astrogeology Science Center

Astrogeology Services No One Told You About

4 August 2017

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center (often called Astro) performs research as well as maintains and provides technical expertise in the planetary sciences. One of their legacies is that Astro was involved with the Apollo astronauts' training in preparation to go to the Moon and they have their sights set on helping astronauts make the giant leap to Mars. In the course of Astro’s involvement with mission support, research, mapping planetary bodies, and the many other things they do, new tools and services are often created in support of the greater community. Computer Scientist Trent Hare and others want to get the word out on what specific services are available to address evolving needs in planetary research and data analysis. Discover how Astro experts can support you, in this excerpt, and in the attached abstract.

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Excerpt (slightly updated):

“For the past 50 years, the USGS Astrogeology Science Center has been a resource for the integration of planetary geoscience, cartography, and remote sensing. Here we provide a brief overview of current Astrogeology software initiatives, planetary data products, online services, and supporting infrastructure that support the planetary science community worldwide ( Software Services: Astrogeology is a major contributor of software for cartographic data processing for NASA missions and research programs, including the Planetary Cartography and Geologic Mapping (PCGM) Program, Code S flight projects, research and data analysis projects, and the Planetary Data System (PDS). ISIS3: The Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers (v3) is a specialized image processing package for working with planetary image data. Available for free, ISIS runs on Linux, Macintosh OSX systems, and now in Windows 10 (using its new Bash environment) and is designed to operate on both two-dimensional images as well as hyper-dimensional cubes collected by imaging spectrometers. The power of ISIS is its unique capability for processing data from NASA spacecraft missions such as Voyager, Viking, Galileo, Mars Global Surveyor, Cassini, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Messenger.”

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By Janet Richie