Thu, Aug 05, 2004
More Data From Mars Rover Spirit's First Month Now Online
Millions of people have
viewed pictures from NASA's Spirit on the Mars rovers home page and
other Internet sites. Beginning today, a more complete set of
science data from Spirit's first 30 martian days is posted on a
site primarily for scientists and technical researchers, but also
available to anyone who's interested.
The first installment of images, spectroscopic measurements,
daily reports, and other information from NASA's Mars Exploration
Rover project has been posted on NASA's Planetary Data System. It
is available with a new "Analyst's Notebook" user interface. Data
from Opportunity's first 30 martian days, or "sols," will be added
Aug. 24, and data from later portions of both rovers' missions will
be added in October.
"All the raw images and selected processed images and other
information have been shared with the public since the rovers first
reached Mars in January. This release adds other derived images and
maps used for planning, all the non-image data from the
spectrometers, daily operational reports and activity plans," said
Dr. Ray Arvidson of Washington University, St. Louis, deputy
principal investigator for the twin rovers' science payload.
"The 'Analyst's Notebook' is designed to help you navigate
through the data and understand the synergies," he said. "You can't
deal with the Moessbauer spectrometer readings from a given sol
without information about other observations that go with it."
"We are proud to be releasing such a comprehensive set of data
from the surface science mission of the twin rovers so quickly,"
said Dr. Jim Garvin, NASA's chief scientist for Mars. "It's a
testament to the dedication and commitment of the science and
engineering teams that this remarkable collection of information is
now available to the entire world for interpretation, education,
and to help guide NASA's new exploration focus," added Garvin.
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