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This archive site provides access to PDS data on asteroids, dust, planetary satellites, meteorites, and selected other small solar system bodies and laboratory data. Use the links below to select data by target type, by data type, or by mission.

Search for data using the Small Bodies Data Ferret.

New: Browse and search the Dawn Vesta Archive using the Small Bodies Image Browser

Select data by data type:

Select data by target type:

Select data by mission:

For help in navigating the directory structure and file types of PDS data sets, see the Small Bodies Node page "How to Approach a PDS Data Set".

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 Small Bodies Data Ferret is a tool that allows searchable access to all the Small Bodies Node asteroid, satellite, and comet data sets.

The Small Bodies Cross-Identification Utility returns all identifications for a given asteroid or comet upon entering any one identification.

The 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.

For questions about the data sets or this web site, contact Carol Neese (