Welcome to the PDS Atmospheres Node

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The Planetary Atmospheres Node of the Planetary Data System (PDS) is responsible for the acquisition, preservation, and distribution of all non-imaging atmospheric data from all planetary missions (excluding Earth observations). The primary goal of the node is to make available to the research community the highest quality data possible. To this end, data are reviewed and re-formatted where necessary in order to meet the documentation and quality standards established by the PDS.

As an additional service, the Atmospheres Node provides information on relevant planetary atmospheres topics for educational purposes. (See Education above).

Seeking Assistance and Interacting with the Atmospheres Node in Preparing Proposals and Data Sets


Lunar Archive Page

The Atmospheres Node has exosphere data for the Moon from the recent Lunar Atmosphere & Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.



The Atmospheres Node has a variety of Mars data in its archive. PDS must still validate any data before they can be certified and are available for use in NASA planetary data analysis programs. PDS may choose to put data online while they are being validated. PDS urges caution when using any data that have been released to PDS for less than three months.

A recent effort to make data more accessible has resulted in an integrated presentation of martian data sets. See the Integrated mars archive page.

Integrated Mars Archive Page

For those familiar with the previous archive page, it is available at the Former Mars Archive Page

Former Mars Archive Page

For latest certified data releases see the following:

MAVEN – 1st - 5th data releases available and certified
Curiosity – 12th data release
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) – 39th data release



Cassini data are due to the PDS 9-12 months after acquisition, delivered every three months. PDS must still validate those data before they are considered archived. This may result in a delay between the time that Cassini delivers data and the time when PDS makes the data available. Alternately, PDS may choose to put data online while they are being validated. PDS urges caution when using any data that have been released to PDS for less than three months.

The page below has been updated to include better information, including the new users' guides from the instrument teams.
Please contact Reta Beebe (rbeebe "at" nmsu "dot" edu) with feedback (addition, corrections, deletions, etc.) regarding the new page.

NEW! Cassini Tour Atlas now available

Cassini Archive Page



Resources for accessing MESSENGER MASCS data

Messenger Archive Page

The data directories have undergone a restructuring as of the Mercury orbital deliveries. They are organized by mission phase.



The Atmospheres Node provides access to a variety of Venus atmospheric datasets. This includes recent Venus Express (VEX) data that resides in the European Space Agency/ Planetary Science Archive (ESA/PSA) that is accessible through an interoperability link.

Venus Archive Page

There are also Venus observations in the MESSENGER MASCS data above.



Resource for accessing Jupiter data from various missions.

Jupiter Archive Page



Huygens data are all archived.

Huygens Archive Page