PDS SPICE Archives
Descriptions of the table contents are provided below, after the table.
Missions for which NAIF has archived some increments, or all, of the SPICE data are listed in the table above.
Click on the "readme" link in the Archive Readme column for a particular mission to bring up an
overview of the SPICE archive volume for that mission. The aareadme files that are in HTML format (most of them)
include direct links to the
various descriptive documents.
The archived data go only as far as the STOP TIME shown in the table, which is typically three to nine months behind today's date for missions that are ongoing. (A few archives are much further behind than that.) If you need more recent
data, go to the Operational
Flight Project Kernels link.
Click on the "link" in the Archive Link column
to jump to the top of the volume -- the point from which you can browse the volume contents.
The "PDS3 or PDS4" column indicates the standards used in creating the archive. The Planetary Data System used PDS3 standards for many years, switching to more modern PDS4 standards with the LADEE and MAVEN missions. This change has had no effect on SPICE kernels (data) or the SPICE Toolkits.
To download the complete archive use the URL of the link in the "Archive Link" column in wget
or a similar download utility. See
download help for additional details.
Some SPICE archives such as those for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbier, and Cassini, are very large and may be impractical to download in their entirety.
To download a subset of an archive covering a particular time interval, click
"subset" in the Subset Link column and follow the instructions on the page that appears.
Pre-SPICE era and other kernels
If you don't find kernels for your mission of interest in this "PDS SPICE Archives" table, look in one of the Operational Flight Project Kernels tables. In addition to providing access to the full set of operations kernels for ongoing missions, this collection also provides access to the SPICE data for special case missions: those where an archive has not yet been initiated or has not been completed (e.g. Galileo, Magellan), for several pre-SPICE-era missions (e.g. Voyager, Pioneers 10 and 11, Lunar Prospector), and for a few non-planetary missions (e.g. Genesis, Hubble Space Telescope, SIRTF). The kinds and amounts of SPICE data for these special case missions varies substantially.
The subsetting service will NOT download Cassini EKs, Cassini instrument-specific CKs, and Cassini-specific PCKs. (However it will provide the latest generic PCK.)