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:
SPIF 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.