MoonDB was an online accessible, quality-controlled data system that synthesized analytical data acquired on lunar samples to make them accessible in a single data product so they can be mined and integrated into digital research data infrastructure, thus augmenting their value for future science.

MoonDB preserved and restored lunar sample data that have been scattered across the scientific literature, in online PDF documents, and in private files, but it also serves as a home for new data generated on samples allocated to a global community of researchers by the Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM), so that these data can be made openly accessible in compliance with US federal mandates for open access to research results while being seamlessly integrated with the historical data.

The lunar sample data from MoonDB are now part of the Astromaterials Data System via the AstroMat Search application. To access the original MoonDB search interface, see and the MoonDB API at

Access the Lunar Geochron DB here

Data Restoration

Data Restoration

Over the course of 5 years, data from approximately 1,500 publications that contain laboratory analyses for the Lunar, Antarctic Meteorite, Cosmic Dust, Genesis, Hayabusa, Stardust, and Microparticle Impact collections will be compiled into the AstroDB synthesis, together with a wide range of information pertaining to the provenance of the analytical measurements (e.g., analytical instrumentation, laboratory, sample preparation procedures, instrument calibration, data reduction) and to the quality of the data. Focus will initially be on geochemical, mineralogical, and geochronological data, but content will be extended later to include additional data types such as experimental petrology, images, and spectrography.

Content of the MoonDB database of lunar sample data, which has already been compiled over the past 4 years with funding from two NASA awards, will be integrated into AstroDB.

We encourage researchers to contribute their data, especially unpublished historical data, to AstroDB. Please contact us at

Work Plan

AstroMat WorkPlan

The development of the Astromaterials Data System will be ongoing over 5 years with different project components progressing in parallel in three development phases to successively develop and implement the various system components and incorporate data for all collections. For each development phase, we have identified major milestones for the different project components. The timing of deliverables accounts for the interdependence of system components.

See below for our progress updates. Also check out the project timeline and system components for more information.


(7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020)

  • Complete data restoration for the lunar collection.
  • Release versions of AstroMat system components that support data restoration for lunar samples and meteorites (AstroDB v1 & v2, AstroAPI v1, AstroAdmin v1).
  • Release AstroSearch v1 to provide access to data for lunar collection.
  • Create authentication system for user login and analysis of web logs.
  • Establish repository services for astromaterials (AstroRepo).
  • Set up AstroMat newsletter & mailing list, conduct workshop at LPSC 2019.

(7/1/2020 to 12/31/2022)

  • Complete data synthesis for the meteorite collection at LDEO and CIW (student program).
  • Release versions of AstroMat system components that support data restoration for Stardust & Genesis and for spectrographic data (AstroDB v3&4, AstroAPI v2&3, AstroAdmin v2-5.
  • Incrementally improve versions of AstroSearch and add AstroPlot functionality (v2, v3, v4).
  • Release of AstroVoc public GUI (Complete by May 31, 2020).
  • Release Astro. Desk v1 and v2 with Dashboard, AstroRepo submission, and stored queries.
  • Conduct usability tests, webinars, and workshops to engage community.

(1/1/2023 to 6/30/2024)

  • Complete data synthesis for all remaining collections (MIC, Hayabusa, Cosmic Dust).
  • Release versions of AstroMat system components that support data restoration for all remaining collections data (AstroDB v5, AstroAPI v4 & v5).
  • Release AstroSearch v5 with sample maps of in-situ analyses linking to analytical data.
  • Release AstroDesk v3: Subscribe to notifications, improvements.
  • Conduct usability tests, webinars, and workshops to engage community.

Progress of Developments


  • The first submissions have been received and processed in the AstroMat Repository
  • Made progress with our application to CoreTrustSeal for certification of the AstroRepo
  • AstroDB software components are operational as version 1, and their improved and extended version 2 is in development
  • Initial mock-ups have been generated for AstroSearch version 2, including the new Search by Chemistry component in the Advanced Filter option
  • We made further improvements to our AWS cloud infrastructure


  • Implemented authentication via ORCID for Astromat repository
  • Developed and released Astromat repository search
  • Obtained approval to list Astromat repository in FAIRSharing directory
  • Generated schemas for citation, dataset, sample, and sample data for the AstroDB
  • Completed development of the schema to map AstroDB data and metadata to PDS4
  • Added meteorite data from 86 publications to AstroDB synthesis
  • Held webinar to show researchers how to submit data to the Astromat repository


  • Completed development of and released new AstroMat web site
  • Completed development of and released AstroSearch version 1
  • Completed development of and released AstroAdmin version 1
  • Completing development of AstroMat Repository, to be released July 2020
  • Continued development of AstroMat Index
  • Continued development of AstroPages


  • We held a virtual Town Hall webinar originally planned for LPSC 2020.
  • Created the initial mockups for the AstroSearch
  • Continued development of Astromat Repository
  • Completed the development of a module for configuring data entry schemas and workflows for different types of samples and analytical methods interface


  • AstroAdmin: Multiple modules of the AstroAdmin data entry tool have been completed and are now in testing, e.g. module to configure data entry schemas and workflows for different types of samples and analytical methods; module to enter sample metadata
  • AstroSearch: The design of the search interface for AstroDB has started and initial mockups will be presented at the LPSC 2020 Town Hall of the Astromaterials Data System
  • AstroVoc: A central vocabulary management system has been set up. TemaTres, an Open Source vocabulary management system, has been deployed in the new Docker EE environment
  • Three new staff members joined the Astromat team


  • Development of AstroAdmin Version 1.0: Completed modules for entry of citation, dataset metadata, analysis action, vocabularies
  • Development of AstroPage Version 1.0: Completed information pages that display metadata for citations and datasets
  • Configuration, deployment, and testing of the development environment for AstroDB, AstroRef, AstroPage, and AstroAPI in the Docker EE environment
  • Migration of MoonDB data to AstroDB (95% complete, Astromat data curators are currently testing the integrity of migrated content)
  • Development of AstroSearch Version 1.0: Initial design of user interface layout


  • Refinement the original MoonDB schema for AstroDB
  • Development of AstroRef. (Version 1.0) bibliographical catalog
  • Development of AstroAPI (Version 1.0)
  • Hosted Town Hall Transforming Access to Astromaterial Data: NASA’s Astromaterial Data System at the LPSC Meeting in Houston in March 2019
  • Presentation of MoonDB: 50 Years of Lunar Sample Data Ready for the Data Revolution at the LPSC Meeting in Houston in March 2019


  • Release of the Astromaterials Data System website
  • Release of Bibliography module of AstroDB