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NASA Picks Six New Planetary Data System Nodes; Ed Grayzeck Comments

deep_spaceNASA has awarded six data nodes a five-year, $45 million contract combined to disseminate science data from the planetary data system.

The science nodes are intended to provide the science community an access to NASA’s mission data, NASA said Friday.

“The selection of the new science nodes should increase the ability of the PDS to respond to the current needs of the planetary science community,” said Ed Grayzeck, head of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Data Services Office.

The selected data nodes are:

  • The small bodies node, led by Michael A’Hearn from the University of Maryland
  • The ring-moon systems node, led by Mark Showalter from SETI Institute
  • The atmospheres node, led by Nancy Chanover from New Mexico State University
  • The cartography and imaging science node, led by Lisa Gaddis from the U. S. Geological Survey
  • The planetary plasma interactions node, led by Ray Walker from the University of California at Los Angeles
  • The geosciences node, led by Ray Arvidson from Washington University

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