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Internet Advisory: 2004-190
August 3, 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 at:
pds-geosciences.wustl.edu... . Home page for the Planetary
Data System is pds.jpl.nasa.gov... . Images are also available
from the system's Planetary Image Atlas, at
. 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.
JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena,
manages the Mars Exploration Rover project for NASA. Images and
additional information about the project are available from JPL at
marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov... and from Cornell University, at
athena.cornell.edu... . The Planetary Photojournal, at
photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov... , is another resource for easy public
access to images of Mars and other worlds.