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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Planetary Photogrammetry Lab offers a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and orthorectified image production service to the scientific community to supply NASA-selected investigators with high-quality HiRISE DTMs and orthorectified HiRISE images. This effort replaces the “Photogrammetry Guest Facility” formerly operated by the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. This service is funded directly by NASA and is offered at no charge to NASA-selected investigations through the ROSES program. Principal Investigators who submit proposals through ROSES that include the production of a HiRISE DTM by the USGS should clearly indicate this intention in the Proposal Summary, as well as in the text of the proposal. Learn more

Upcoming Planetary Data Trainings


This NASA-funded project will host a series of training workshops for students, new community members, and underrepresented individuals to learn to use NASA planetary data to conduct planetary science research. The workshops are hosted by four former nodes of the recently-retired Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) Network (Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, Arizona State University; Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility, Cornell University; Astrolink, Astrogeology Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff; and Space Imagery Center, University of Arizona). The workshops will occur both at our institutions and at two national conferences each year: the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (The Woodlands, Houston, Texas) and the Geological Society of America annual meeting (Denver in 2022, Pittsburgh in 2023). Year 1 (2022-2023) training events will focus on working with orbital images of terrestrial planets (e.g., Moon, Mars) in software packages such as ArcGIS™, JMARS, and ISIS3, whereas in Year 2 training events will be expanded to include planetary photogrammetry (SOCET SET, Ames Stereo Pipeline) and planetary data management. Curriculum will be different for different workshops. For all workshops, there will be two scholarships available for members of underrepresented communities to cover travel expenses and registration fees to participate in the workshops.

2023 TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Watch for announcements

October 2023: Introduction to Planetary Image Analysis with ArcGIS Pro (GSA Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)


Planetary Stereo Photogrammetry Training (using SOCET SET and Ames Stereo Pipeline)

Planetary Data Management

Introduction to Planetary Image Analysis with ArcGIS Pro

Working with Planetary Images in ArcGIS, JMARS, and ISIS3

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