The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum houses a Planetary Image Facility that contains hardcopy images ranging from the Ranger missions in the early 60s through Mars Curiosity mission. The purpose of the image facility is to act as a reference library providing planetary science researchers with access to the extensive collection of image data obtained from planetary missions.

Image Facility Services
  • Planetary image support data (type of sensor or film, location, scale, sun angle, etc.).
  • Zoom transferscope, stereoscopes, and other interpretive equipment.
  • Online searches for planetary and terrestrial image data.
  • CD-ROM search and retrieval systems for planetary images and space shuttle photographs.
  • Browse file for press release and popular planetary images.
  • Scanner for creating digital copies of images.
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Please Note: The facility does not sell imagery and cannot provide reproduction services. A guide to Resources for Earth and Planetary Research is available to also help individuals find available imagery online.

If you intend to visit the facility, please contact us in advance for an appointment.

Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Facility Director: Dr. Tom Watters
Telephone: (202) 633-2480
Fax: (202) 786-2566
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Mailing Address:
Smithsonian Planetary Image Facility
Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012
National Air and Space Museum
(MRC 315)
Washington, D.C 20013-7012