PDS Asteroid and Dust Archive
This archive site provides access to PDS data on asteroids, dust, planetary satellites, meteorites, and selected other small solar system bodies and laboratory data.
Access the Data
Use the links below to select data by target type, by data type, or by mission.
Select data by target type
- Near Earth Objects
- TNOs, Centaurs, and Pluto
- Planetary Satellites
Select data by data type
- Spectrophotometry and Spectra
- Orbital data, including proper elements and dynamical families
- Photometry and Lightcurves
- Physical Properties, including spin vectors, taxonomic classifications, albedos, densities, and diameters.
- Shape Models
- Radar and Polarimetry
- Optical Image Data
- Other, including maps, names and id's, and bibliography
Select data by mission
- Hubble Space Telescope
- Viking Orbiter
- Voyager 1 and 2
- Vega 1 and 2
- Mariner 9
For a description of the types of files you may encounter here, see the Small Bodies Node file type page.
Small Bodies Node Data Services
The On-Line Archiving Facility (OLAF) is a website that allows individuals to submit their data to the Planetary Data System so that it can be archived and made available to the public.
The FITS Normalizer is a tool that helps astronomers prepare their FITS files for submission to NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) through the Online Archiving Facility (OLAF).
The SBN Data Ferret is a search tool for the small bodies data. It is currently under development.
The Small Bodies Cross-Identification Utility returns all identifications for a given asteroid or comet upon entering any one identification.
The http://www.psi.edu/pds/SAM-I Statistical Asteroid Model] of Tedesco et al. is a database of orbital elements, absolute magnitudes, albedos, and diameters, designed to simulate the population of main belt asteroids with diameters larger than 1 km. This model is provided through the PDS Small Bodies Node as a service to users.