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Finding additional MER and Phoenix data sets

Christina Kreisch


In the MSL, MER, and Phoenix Analyst's Notebooks, standard data sets can be found in the sol summaries, but additional data sets can be accessed, as well.


These data sets can be located through Resources for Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity, and Phoenix. Both the MER and Phoenix resources offer additional data sets, data set documents, and a reference list.


In MER's additional data sets, you can access:

  • APXS Oxide Abundance Data
  • MI Merged Focal Sections
  • Pancam Atmospheric Opacity Data
  • Rover Motion Counter Data
  • Inertial Measurement Unit Data
  • Traverse and Crater DTMs
  • and Radio Science Orbit and UHF Data


In Phoenix's additional data sets, you can find:

  • Robotic Arm (RA) Data
  • Atmospheric Structure Experiment (ASE) Data
  • Telltale Data
  • and Surface Stereo Imager (SSI) Data


Both MER's and Phoenix's data set documents contain Data Set Software Interface Specification (SIS) documents, Mission and Instrument Description (Catalog) Files, calibration, and errata files. However, those for MER also include the MER Archive Plan and those for Phoenix contain the Phoenix Archive Plan.


The Phoenix resources also provide a map of the landing site, sol documents grouped by subsystem, and various web resources linking to the Phoenix Mars Mission, Planetary Data System (PDS), and related NASA websites. The MER resources further provide Mini-TES locator frames, Coordinate System Definitions, software, and suggestions for further reading.


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