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The Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF), sponsored jointly by NASA and Cornell University, is one of the nine domestic and eight foreign Regional Planetary Imaging Facilities (RPIF) supported by the Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (PGG). As one of NASA’S RPIFs, SPIF serves three basic functions:

  1. To provide support for research activities in the planetary sciences at Cornell and the surrounding areas of New York State and Pennsylvania.
  2. Provide information and data from both past and present planetary missions to the media and general public.
  3. Organize and carry out an extensive program of education and outreach activities, closely related to ongoing NASA space missions of planetary exploration.

SPIF Public OutreachSPIF has operated as a repository of spacecraft data, a facilitator of research, and as a hub for innumerable education and public outreach activities. Part of the facilities success lies in the fact that Cornell scientists and staff participate in most of the ongoing NASA Solar System exploration missions. Cornell plays a major role in missions such as MER, Cassini, EPOXI, and Stardust-NExT, and is involved in LRO, MRO, Mars Odyssey, Dawn, and MSL. Both individual investigators and their students make use of SPIF resources and contribute their expertise to various programs designed for researchers, students and the general public.

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SPIF Contact

317 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801

P: (607) 255-3833  |  F: (607) 255-9002

Email: rick.kline@cornell.edu

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