VESPA / Science themes

VESPA developments are supported by 6 science themes. Their role is to study possible Virtual Observatory functions in specific contexts, to design new workflows to support science analysis, and to prepare new data services.

Science themes
SSHADE Spectroscopy of solids (ice, minerals, organics)
Planetary surfaces Will study interfaces between the VO and Geographic Information Systems, and fits format extension to handle planetary surfaces
Magnetospheres Will focus on data services for observations and modeling, in particular multi-spacecraft observations
Small bodies Will study a modern interface to the catalogue of small bodies, and a tool to set up multi-site observations (e.g., for star occultations)
Planetary atmospheres Will focus on data services for observations and modeling, and link with spectroscopy databases
Exoplanets Will develop the Encyclopedia of Exoplanets and study connections with other services in the field

Further information

VESPA wiki VESPA work packages & tasks
VESPA Slack VESPA informal discussions/messages
Open planetary Slack More general discussions area about digital activities in Planetary Science


VESPA has first been designed in the frame of Europlanet-RI JRA4 work package (IDIS activity).
The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208.
Additional funding was provided in France by the Action Spécifique Observatoire Virtuel and Programme National de Planétologie / INSU.

Europlanet Project supported by the European Union VOParis Observatoire