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Exploring the outer Solar System with Django

6cbed328a8f5f00b49e313470635fc20?s=47 Lisa Ballard
September 08, 2015

Exploring the outer Solar System with Django

I'm a web developer at the Planetary Rings Node, part of the NASA Planetary Data System. Our small shop is devoted to archiving, cataloging, and distributing scientific data sets relevant to planetary ring systems. Our base of operations is the SETI Institute, where a research community is busy searching for and studying life in the universe. At the Rings Node I develop and maintain an outer planets space mission data search tool called OPUS which is built with Django. It lets users search data, browse images, and access its API via http. I'll demo OPUS and talk about the reasons we made it and our plans for its future, and we'll see some pretty pictures of the outer planets.

Talk for DjangoCon 2015



Lisa Ballard

September 08, 2015


  1. flickr.com/photos/valerieklavans

  2. flickr.com/photos/valerieklavans

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  6. Uranus (Voyager 2) Jupiter (Galileo) Neptune (Voyager 2)

  7. Outer Planets Unified Search

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  21. W H Y D I D W E D O

    T H I S ?
  22. Space missions are enormous collaborations

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  25. flickr.com/photos/marcemarc

  26. the-scientist.com

  27. Phase Angle

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  30. planetary.org

  31. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute / Ian Regan

  32. flickr.com/photos/valerieklavans

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  34. InSaturnsRings.com

  35. O P E N A P I

  36. http://tools.pds-rings.seti.org/opus/api/data.json? planet=Saturn&target=hyperion

  37. http://tools.pds-rings.seti.org/opus/api/data.json? planet=Saturn&target=hyperion

  38. http://tools.pds-rings.seti.org/opus/api/data.json? planet=Saturn&target=hyperion

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  40. http://tools.pds-rings.seti.org/opus/api/images/med.html? planet=Saturn&target=hyperion&instrumentid=COISS

  41. http://tools.pds-rings.seti.org/opus/api/images/med.html? planet=Saturn&target=hyperion&instrumentid=COISS

  42. http://tools.pds-rings.seti.org/opus/api/images/med.html? planet=Saturn&target=hyperion&instrumentid=COISS

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  47. Django. We

  48. bit.ly/pdsopus github.com/basilleaf @basilleaf All images credit Cassini Imaging Team, ISS,

    JPL, ESA, NASA, unless otherwise noted