Planetary Service of EarthServer

PlanetServer is a Service component of the EU-funded EarthServer project aimed at serving and analyzing planetary data online, mainly through OGC Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS). Currently the focus of PlanetServer is on hyperspectral imaging and topographic data. Sounding radar profiling data are also being added to the Service. Ingested datasets derive from Planetary Data System (PDS) data, in addition to ESA Mars Express (MEX) HRSC and ESA MEX MARSIS experiment data. User interest and community feedback serve as input and driver to PlanetServer features and capabilities. Moreover, PlanetServer could help in collaborative data analysis, being able to share planetary data hosted on a database server and querying them from a web client through any supported web browser (Chrome is advised). Please find below all relevant project-wide and service-wide URLs.

Or jump directly to the Classic or Neo Web Clients (for those in a rush, few screencasts are available here Youtube and Vimeo).

EarthServer Project:

Project-wide information is provided below. EarthServer targets Earth Science domains through a Big Data Analytics approach, based on the open standards of OGC and W3C.


Official web page of the EarthServer initiative. EarthServer is establishing open access and ad-hoc analytics on extreme-size Earth Science data, based on and extending leading-edge Array Database technology.


Repository for the EarthServer project. Documentation, software code and domain applications are included in the trac system.


Several Lighthouse Applications are being established in EarthServer, each of which poses distinct challenges on Earth Data Analytics: Cryospheric Science, Airborne Science, Atmospheric Science, Geology, Oceanography, and Planetary Science.

Planetary Service:

Service-wide information is provided here. PlanetServer targets Planetary Science data and community. Online data discovery and analysis is provided through its web services/clients.

PlanetServer Classic Client

The oritinal web client (webGUI). For details, see the Publications listed on the PlanetServer blog. Its code is available on our GitHub repository.

PlanetServer Neo Client

Additional client with a more streamlined user interface and additional features.

PlanetServer Documentation:

PlanetServer documentation is accessible as a blog with tutorials, a wiki and a user group/mailing list.

PlanetServer Blog

Updates, tutorials and data analysis walkthroughs are available on the blog. Also, link to publications, partners and key supporters of PlanetServer/EarthServer are present.


Client code, intestion and utility scripts are provided in a specific repository.

Discussion Group

A group of users, including developers and partners, power users of PlanetServer and EarthServer is available as Google Group.

Social Media:

Updates on PlanetServer data holdings and service-specific aspects are regularly posted on our social media. Code developed under the Service activity is also provided below.


Twitter account for PlanetServer. Updates from main project and partners are sometimes RT too.


Youtube channel for PlanetServer.


Vimeo entry for PlanetServer on the EarthServer Vimeo page.


The main point of contact is Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi, Service Lead.

For project-wide inquiries, please get in touch with the PI: Prof. Peter Baumann.

The activity has been carried out thanks to the support of the Earth and Space Sciences program of Jacobs University, in particular with Prof. Vikram Unnithan. The work of ESSReS PhD student Jelmer Oosthoek has been key to the developement of core and Classic client of PlanetServer. The Service benefits from the valuable support of the Large-Scale Scientific Information Systems Research Group (L-SIS) and the Computational Laboratory for Analysis, Modeling, and Visualization (CLAMV) at Jacobs.

Credits and acknowledgements to several individuals, groups and institutions are provided on our Blog.

More info on Planetary Science and Exploration at Jacobs University are available on Jacobs Planets.