About the EPRSL
The Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory is part of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University. It is located in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, on the second floor, south wing of Rudolph Hall, in Saint Louis. Dr. Raymond Arvidson is the director.
Laboratory staff and graduate student research focus on surface processes and histories of Earth, Mars, and Venus. Students are also actively involved in the Laboratory as a part of undergraduate courses such as the Pathfinder Program in Environmental Sustainability, in which multidisciplinary approaches to environmental problems are stressed with plenty of hands-on experience.
The Laboratory is the location of NASA's PDS Geosciences Node. Laboratory personnel have been or are involved in NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix Mars Lander, and Mars Science Laboratory Missions. We are also involved in the European Space Agency's Mars Express Orbiter Mission. In addition to selected science tasks lab personnel are responsible for creating and distributing science data archives from planetary missions and individual scientists, working closely with contributors to ensure that the archives are complete and well-documented.