The Virtual Planets Atlas would not exist without the major works of the following various agencies and scientific teams :
- The NASA with all its planetary missions since 1965 (Mariners, Viking, MGS, MRO, Messenger, Magellan, Pioneer Venus, Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, Cassini, New Horizons…)
- The International Astronomical Union (IAU) for its planetary databases
- The European Space Agency (ESA) for its Mars Express and Venus Express missions
- The Hubble Space Telescope team
- The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for their planetary maps
- The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) for its planetary editions
We also want to send a very thank, for the VPA realization help, to :
- Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society for her support to our action and her so useful informations presented on her blog :
- Dr Phil Stooke of the Western University / Canada who gave us the authorisation for using some of the maps which are included in his monumental “International Atlas of Mars Exploration” published by Cambridge University Press here
- Cathy Quantin-Nataf & Loic Lozac'h of the “e-Mars” project team at the Université de Lyon for providing us Mars Odyssey probe overlays :
- Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and author of the “Atlas of galilean satellites” for authorizing us to use his galilean satellites textures.
- Bjorn Jonsson who gave us the authorization to use several of his beautiful textures of the galilean satellites.
- Damian Peach who gave us the authorization to use his Jupiter clouds maps that he buid every year with his beautiful pictures of the giant planet.
- Ricardo Nunes who accepted that we use his remarkable textures build withe Pioneer probes images sent in 1973 and 1974.
The free english version of VPA and this english Web site is our way to thank NASA and other US organisms for the free public release of their datas, so that english speaking people could also enjoy them.