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About the EPRSL

The Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory is part of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. It is located in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, on the second floor, south wing of Rudolph Hall. Dr. Raymond Arvidson is the director.

Remote Sensing Laboratory research focuses on the surface processes and histories of Earth, Mars, and Venus. Laboratory staff and students are involved in current NASA missions Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit and Opportunity), Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the European Space Agency's Mars Express Orbiter.  The Laboratory is also the site of the Geosciences Node of NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS), working with planetary missions and individual scientists to create and distribute high-quality science data archives.

These activities are supported by a computer system that hosts planetary data online for public access through the PDS Geosciences Node. 

Related Resources

  • If you're looking for planetary data, go to our NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node web site.
  • Several Laboratory personnel are participating in the Mars rover missions MER (Opportunity) and MSL (Curiosity). Archived data from these two missions can be found on our Geosciences Node Analyst's Notebook site.