First release for QGIS featuring full FGDC symbol-set for planetary geology

16 October 2019

Dr. Alessandro Frigeri has pushed the first release (targeting QGIS 3.x), which includes all the FGDC symbols needed for creating planetary geologic maps. The gsymblib is a library and development environment for producing geologic symbols to be used in the QGIS desktop GIS. For more information… Read More

Introduction to Planetary GIS at LPSC

1 March 2018

It is not too late to signup for free GIS training by the RPIF at LPSC -- (Planetary Image Analysis with ArcGIS — March 18, Sunday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Waterway 7-8). Here is the registration page for the workshop:

Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs released

15 July 2017

On July 14, 2017 the latest Pluto and Charon Mosaics and DEMs were released by Mission Team and available from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory… Read More

Planetary Data Workshop 2017 presentations

29 June 2017

Planetary Data Workshop 2017 presentations are now available on the USGS Astrogeology Science Center website. The link to the presentations is available at

Third Planetary Data Workshop agenda and abstracts available

22 May 2017

Agenda and abstracts are available for the 3rd Planetary Data Workshop and The Planetary Geologic Mappers Annual Meeting, June 12–15, 2017. Flagstaff, Arizona. There is still plenty of time to register.PDFs: agenda // abstracts

ArcGIS Online adds support for planetary layers

18 May 2017

Several from NASA and the USGS worked with Esri to include several planetary bodies into their ArcGIS Online mapping environment. While planetary layers have been cataloged on ArcGIS Online for several years, and functioned properly in ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, the javascript measurement tools… Read More

Third Planetary Data Workshop and Geologic Mappers Meeting

9 November 2016

Conference Date: June 12–15, 2017 Venue:  High Country Conference Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, ArizonaThis worskhop will cover a wide variety of planetary data topics, including current mission data availability and tools, online data access tools… Read More

Context Camera (CTX) Image Mosaics for Mars Human Exploration Zones

14 July 2016

We have created 39 regional semi-controlled CTX mosaics at 5m/pixel for the 2015 proposed Mars Human Exploration zones. They are individually available for download in GeoTiff format. Cosmetically, mosaics will have hard edges between images due to seasonal, time, and calibration differences.… Read More

Ten New THEMIS Geodetically Controlled Mosaics Available from the USGS

22 April 2016

THEMIS infrared geodetically controlled mosaics, updated spacecraft pointing and orientation information (i.e., preliminary smithed SPICE kernels), and supporting documentation are available for download and public use from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center.… Read More

Announcement: Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting 2016

19 April 2016

Dear Planetary Geologic Mappers,Announcing, registration and abstract submissions are now open for the 2016 Planetary Geologic Mappers’ Meeting, to be held at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 13-15.The website is:  You can register and… Read More