Facility: Space Photography Lab

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Function: Museum/Collection

Department: Earth and Space Exploration, School of


The Space Photography Laboratory (SPL), at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, is one in a network of 18 International NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) data centers, established 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.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 are also part the faciltys 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.

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