VESPA: Developing the Planetary Science Virtual Observatory in H2020

Wednesday, 16 December 2015: 14:20
2018 (Moscone West)
Stéphane Erard, Paris Observatory, Paris, France, Baptiste Cecconi, Observatoire de Paris, LESIA, Meudon, France, Pierre Le Sidaner, Observatoire de Paris, DIO, Paris, France, Maria Teresa Capria, IAPS-INAF, Rome, Italy, Angelo Pio Rossi, Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany, Bernard Schmitt, UJF-Grenoble 1 / CNRS-INSU, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), Grenoble, France, Nicolas Andre, IRAP, Toulouse, France, Ann Carine Vandaele, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium, Manuel Scherf, IWF Institute for Space Research, Graz, Austria, Ricardo Hueso, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain, Anni Elisa Maattanen, LATMOS Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales, Paris Cedex 05, France, William Thuillot, Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France, Nick Achilleos, University College London, London, United Kingdom, Chiara Marmo, GEOPS / University of Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, France, Ondrej Santolik, Institute of Atmospheric Physics ACSR, Praha 4, Czech Republic and Kevin Benson, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Dorking, RH5, United Kingdom
In the frame of the Europlanet-RI program, a prototype Virtual Observatory dedicated to Planetary Science has been set up. Most of the activity was dedicated to the definition of standards to handle data in this field. The aim was to facilitate searches in big archives as well as sparse databases, to make on-line data access and visualization possible, and to allow small data providers to make their data available in an interoperable environment with minimum effort. This system makes intensive use of studies and developments led in Astronomy (IVOA), Solar Science (HELIO), and space archive services (IPDA).

A general standard has been devised to handle the specific complexity of Planetary Science, e.g. in terms of measurement types and coordinate frames [1]. A procedure has been identified to install small data services, and several hands-on sessions have been organized already. A specific client (VESPA) has been developed at VO-Paris (, using a resolver for target names. Selected data can be sent to VO visualization tools such as TOPCAT or Aladin though the SAMP protocol.

The Europlanet H2020 program started in Sept 2015 will provide support to new data services in Europe (30 to 50 expected), and focus on the improvement of the infrastructure. Future steps will include the development of a connection between the VO world and GIS tools, and integration of heliophysics, planetary plasma and reference spectroscopic data.

The Europlanet H2020 project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Program, grant 654208.

[1] Erard et al Astron & Comp 2014