NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility
The Space Photography Laboratory (SPL), at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, is one in a network of 17 Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) data centers, established by NASA to archive planetary images for use by the scientific and educational communities. The facility supports the research of the ASU planetary science faculty, students, and staff, as well as the local and statewide educational communities and the general public. Located on the main campus of ASU, SPL is on the fifth floor of the Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-Wing in room PSF-513A. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SPL houses images and maps from all major U.S. spacecraft missions, along with an extensive library of mission documentation, scientific journals, and Earth and planetary publications. Aerial photographs of the Earth, airborne radar, and cartographic products (all coverage flight dependent) are also part the facilty's collection. In addition, users of SPL have access to digital data stored on CD-ROMs, and to online catalogs for searching and retrieving image and data set information. The facility also supports the user with work space, computer workstations, light tables, drafting tables, Earth and planetary globes, microfiche viewers, videotapes, and slides. Facility staff are available to assist in the use of the collection and equipment.
In association with the Planetary Geology Group, educational
presentations, and/or an overview of current research in SPL, can be
arranged for schools and other organizations. Please
contact either the Planetary Geology Group office at
480.965.7029, or use one of the references on the SPL
Contact page for additional information.