Astrogeology Science Center

PILOT taking orders 24-7

23 June 2017

Would you like to download data of Mars, Saturn, the Moon, or some other interesting planetary images for scientific research, academia, or just plainly because you would like to? Do you need help with processing the data as well and you need it fast? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, PILOT is at your service 24-7. Briefly, PILOT is a core infrastructure for planetary and small bodies information access across multiple NASA Planetary Data System repositories. Input your query and PILOT returns well-directed, credible, and reliable results. Mark Bailen, web developer, the real pilot of PILOT (pun intended) will orient you more in the abstract linked below. You can get started now. Why wait?

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  “The Planetary Image Locator Tool (PILOT) is a web-based search interface ( that provides access to numerous NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) image catalogs [1]. PILOT was developed and is maintained by the Cartography and Imaging Sciences “Imaging” Node. PILOT complements other node delivery services. For example, it works well with the Planetary Image Atlas (see Functionality has recently been added to PILOT to allow users access to image data catalogs from the Dawn mission, providing access to Dawn Framing Camera images and metadata for the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. In the future, image data for the Pluto encounter from the LORRI (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager) onboard the New Horizons spacecraft will be accessible through PILOT, providing access to these images of Pluto and its moon, Charon.”  Read more. . .


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