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Map-a-Planet: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following are frequently asked questions and answers about the USGS Astrogeology Map-a-Planet web site, MapMaker, and related subjects. Before you e-mail a question please look here first. Your question may be answered for you. If you still have questions or comments after consulting this page, you can direct them to the curator, Patty Garcia.

Q What is Map-a-Planet?
A It is a web site designed to provide an easy-to-use, online interface for exploring various planets. The web page uses image maps created by the USGS Astrogeology Research Program or distributed by the NASA Planetary Data System in a variety of formats and map projections.
Q Will there be any other planets supported by Map-a-Planet?
A Yes. Datasets will be added as funding allows.
Q How do I preserve the scientific integrity of data when ordering from Map-A-Planet?
A If intent is to preserve original data values, always order TIFF, RAW, ISIS, or PDS formats with STRETCH=NONE.
Q Where can I find more information about these and other missions, planets, and space science in general?
A There are many places around the internet. Here are a few:
Q What is PDS?
A PDS is the Planetary Data System. NASA's Planetary Data System archives and distributes digital data from past and present NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements.
Q Do they have a home page?
A Yes. There is a PDS Home Page, and a page for the Imaging Node.