Data from the Magellan spacecraft's radar imaging of Venus should begin flowing to “very thirsty” planetary researchers soon, according to a number of scientists inside and outside NASA. Some researchers have criticized the slow pace of data release, which project officials attribute to technical glitches in the data handling.

“The firehose is now open” for data release, according to Joe Boyce, NASA program scientist for Magellan. “It's just a fantastic data set.” Data from the “first cycle primary mission”—the first global mapping results—should all be released over the next four to five months, he said.