Research institutions in Northern Arizona have a long history of conducting high-level planetary science research; however, collaborations among these institutions have been rare.

Several researchers and educators recognized the potential benefits of creating a formal mechanism for collaborating, sharing resources, and mentoring students. As such, the group formed steering committee in February 2014.

One of the main objectives is to provide a single portal for members of the planetary science community, regional schools, and the general public to access information and resource associated with cutting edge science being conducted in Northern Arizona.