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Geosciences Laboratory

Located in the PSI Conference Center building, the Planetary Geosciences Laboratory has abundant data and computer resources for mapping and image analysis of various solar system bodies.



Collections include NASA CD-ROMs of Clementine, Galileo, Magellan, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Viking, Voyager, Geologic Remote Sensing Field Experiment, and Volcanology (Kilauea, Mauna Loa, and Kamchatka) data; selected prints of Lunar Orbiter, Mariner 9 (Mars) and 10 (Mercury), Viking Orbiter, and Voyager images; aerial photographs and LANDSAT data of volcanic landforms in the U.S. (CA, ID, HI, and OR) and Central Andes (Bolivia), as well as U.S. Geological Survey photomosaics and maps (topographic, shaded relief, and geologic) of Venus, Mars, the Moon, and the Galilean satellies.


Computer hardware available for planetary geoscience research includes a Mac Pro quad-core OSX workstation and two Intel Quad Core Xeon Windows XP Pro workstations. Data storage and backup devices include a 6TB network-attached storage server and a 1 TB portable USB external drive.


Peripherals include a Wacom Cintiq 21UX 21" touch-screen monitor, a Polaroid SprintScan 45 slide scanner, an Epson GT-15000 17" flatbed scanner, a Kodak 1400 dye-sublimation digital photo printer, and an HP DesignJet Z5400 wide-format printer. PSI has also acquired the components for production of stereo-pair Digital Terrain Models (DTMs); these consist of an Intel Quad Core Xeon processor workstation running Windows XP Pro and BAE Socet Set 5.5.0 with a Planar 22" 3D monitor and Stealth 3D mouse.


Software packages available for image processing and analysis, terrain and statistical analyses, GPS data collection and processing, and geologic map production include: ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.2, ENVI 5.0, IDL 8.3, Matlab R2013b, Trimble Positions for Desktop, Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office 5.6, VICAR 33.0, Surfer 8.0, SigmaPlot 9.01, Origin 8.5, Corel Graphics Suite 12, Google Earth Pro 7.1, KMLer Pro 10, Adobe Creative Suite 3, and Adobe Design Standard and Premium.

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