Mars Odyssey Releases First Data Archive to Scientists
October 1, 2002
NASA has released the first set of data taken by the Mars
Odyssey spacecraft to the Planetary Data System, which will now make
the information available to research scientists through a new online
distribution and access system.
"This release is a major milestone for Mars scientists
worldwide, since the first validated data from our instruments are
now available to the entire scientific community," said Dr. R.
Stephen Saunders, the Odyssey project scientist at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "There are
fundamentally new kinds of information in these data sets, including
day and night infrared images, maps of hydrogen in the soil, and
radiation hazard data for future Mars missions."
The information includes the first six weeks of mapping data
through the end of March, as well as the observations made during
the cruise phase to Mars. The archive consists of formatted
instrument data from the gamma-ray spectrometer and high-energy
neutron spectrometer; Mars maps from the neutron detectors;
about 800 visible and infrared images taken by the camera system;
and radiation measurements from the Martian radiation environment
experiment. New data will be released to the science community
every three months.
The Odyssey data are available through a new online access
system established by the Planetary Data System at:
The Odyssey data release, coupled with the availability of this
new system, marks a significant improvement in access to data from
solar system exploration missions. Beginning today, validated data
from all Odyssey instruments will be available for search and retrieval
immediately upon delivery to the Planetary Data System.
The system will soon integrate data sets from all Mars missions
so researchers can obtain all the data they need at a "one-stop
shopping" Internet site. A guide to the Odyssey data sets can
be found at the Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at:
JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena, manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office
of Space Science in Washington, D.C. Investigators at Arizona State
University in Tempe, the University of Arizona in Tucson and NASA's
Johnson Space Center, Houston, operate the science instruments.
Additional science partners are located at the Russian Aviation and
Space Agency and at Los Alamos National Laboratories, New Mexico.
Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the
project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are
conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL.
Additional information about the 2001 Mars Odyssey is available
on the Internet at:
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