2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16–19, 2005)

Paper No. 10
Presentation Time: 4:30 PM


SHOWALTER, Mark R.1, GORDON, Mitchell K.1, A'HEARN, Michael F.2, ACTON, Charles H.3, ARVIDSON, Raymond E.4, BEEBE, Reta F.5, GADDIS, Lisa6, LAVOIE, Susan K.7, SIMPSON, Richard A.8 and WALKER, Raymond J.9, (1)SETI Institute, 515 Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043, (2)University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy, College Park, MD 20742, (3)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 301-125L, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109, (4)Earth & Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (5)University of New Mexico, Department of Astronomy, P. O. Box 30001/Dept. 4500, Las Cruces, NM 88003, (6)Astrogeology Program, U. S. Geological Survey, 2255 N. Gemini Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, (7)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 168-514, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109, (8)Stanford University, Center for Radar Astronomy, Packard Building-Room 332, Stanford, CA 94305-9515, (9)UCLA, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics, 6851 Slichter Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095, mshowalter@seti.org

The mission of NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) is to collect, archive and make accessible data relevant to NASA's planetary missions and research programs. PDS is composed of "Nodes" supporting research into specific disciplines: planetary atmospheres, surfaces, rings, small bodies (including dust) and plasma/particle interactions. Additional support nodes emphasize imaging, radio science and ephemeris data.

Cassini data is available to the public in a series quarterly releases, beginning July 2005. Each release encompasses data obtained between 9 and 12 months prior to the release date. The first delivery also includes cruise and Jupiter encounter data. PDS Discipline Nodes maintain web sites providing access to the latest data. Our facilities generally include search engines to help scientists find the information they need. Expert help is available on request.

It should be noted that most Cassini data has not yet been through formal peer review, so it should be interpreted with some caution.

Following is a list of PDS Discipline Nodes and the Cassini Data sets they provide.

Imaging Node (pdsimg.jpl.nasa.gov): ISS (Imaging Science Subsystem); VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer); RADAR.

Atmospheres Node (pds-atmospheres.nmsu.edu): CIRS (Composite Infrared Spectrometer); UVIS (Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph).

Plasma/Particle Interactions (PPI) Node (pds-ppi.igpp.ucla.edu/ditdos?search&spacecraft=Cassini%20orbiter): CAPS (Plasma Spectrometer); INMS (Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer); MAG (Magnetometer); MIMI (Magnetospheric Imaging); RPWS (Radio and Plasma Wave Science).

Small Bodies Node (pds-smallbodies.astro.umd.edu): CDA (Cosmic Dust Analyzer).

Rings Node (pds-rings.seti.org): Rings-specific support for all Cassini data sets, primarily ISS, VIMS, UVIS, CIRS, and RSS.

Radio Subnode: RSS (Radio Science Subsystem). Higher-level products will be available through the other Discipline Nodes as well.