Solar System Workings 2014

Latest update: 2/26/14 - through Amendment 3.

Critical Dates

    Notice of Intent due date:      5/23/2014

    Proposal due date:                  7/25/2014

    Data Availability date:              6/25/2014</b>



    The Solar System Workings (SSW) program is described in Appendix C.3 and Amendment 1 of the ROSES 2014 NRA. The full document can be accessed under Solicitations at the NSPIRES web site.

    This is a very wide ranging call. While we provide a brief synopsis here, proposers must refer to the call for specifics.

    The Solar System Workings program element supports research into atmospheric, climatological, dynamical, geologic, geophysical, and geochemical processes occurring on planetary bodies, satellites, and other minor bodies (including rings) in the Solar System. This call seeks to address the physical and chemical processes that affect the surfaces, interiors, atmospheres, exospheres, and magnetospheres of planetary bodies. A wide range of investigations will be covered, including theoretical studies, analytical and numerical modeling, sample-based studies of extraterrestrial materials, field work, laboratory studies, and data synthesis relevant to the physical and chemical processes affecting planetary systems.

    Data Sources

    The specific data availability restrictions given for the 2014 SSW are given in Section C.1 of ROSES:

      "For proposals that contain mission data analysis, planetary spacecraft mission data to be used in proposed investigations must be available in the Planetary Data System (PDS) or equivalent publicly accessible archive at least 30 days prior to the proposal submission date."

      "Regardless of the archive(s) used, if the data to be analyzed have issues that might represent an obstacle to analysis, the proposers must demonstrate clearly and satisfactorily how such potential difficulties will be overcome."

    AS of 2/26/2014, volumes at the Ring-Moon Systems Node which meet the SSW basic eligibility requirements for publicly available timing and PDS certification are listed below.

    • ASTROM_nnnn
    • EBROCC_0001
    • GO_0017 through 0023
    • NHJULO_1001 through NHJULO_2003
    • NHSP_1000
    • RPX_0001 through RPX_0401
    • VG_0001 through VG_0038
    • VG_2001
    • VG_2801, VG_2802, VG_2810
    • VGISS_5101 through VGISS_8210

    In addition, the following Volumes at the Ring-Moon Systems Node meet the SSW basic eligibility requirements for publicly available timing, but are not yet certified by PDS. However, for some proposals it may be possible to demonstrate that the " has sufficient quality and is available in sufficient quantity to achieve the goals set forth in the proposal."

    Proposers considering using any of the following should contact us early to discuss the suitability of specific volumes for their planned research.

    • RES_0001
    • VG_2803
    • VGIRIS_0001 through 0002

    Finally, the Ring-Moon Systems Node generates HST "volumes" which do not contain data. They point to data maintained at STScI. These volumes identify HST data, in the public domain, which contain observations of one or more outer planet system(s) (Jupiter through Pluto), and are used to support our search tool, OPUS. Since the data are maintained at STScI, PDS certification is not relevant.

    • HSTI1_1556 through HSTI1_3067*
    • HSTJ0_9296 through HSTJ1_2660*
    • HSTU0_5167 through HSTU1_1956*

    Finding SSW Relevant Data within the PDS

    Data at the Ring-Moon Systems Node.
    • Search for data
    • OPUS, our Outer Planets Unified Search tool, allows users to search for and obtain subsets of data based on a wide range of constraints. OPUS supports Cassini CIRS, ISS, UVIS and VIMS data, New Horizons Jupiter LORRI data, Galileo SSI data, and Voyager ISS data. The results returned include preview products and tables of metadata.

    • Browse our Data Directories
    • Download entire volumes as tar.gz files.
    • Use our Mission Information Pages
    • Our mission information pages provide overviews of data sets and instruments along with links to detailed descriptions of the instruments and to the data and to Ring-Moon Systems Node generated browse images and footprint diagrams.

      • New Horizons . Our New Horizon page provides access to the full set of LORRI Jupiter data and SPICE files, browse images for the LORRI data, and links to the full New Horizons Jupiter data collection at the Small Bodies Node.
      • Galileo. Our Galileo page supports the Solid State Imager (SSI) and the Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS).
      • Voyager. Our Voyager pages support ISS including new data sets of uncompressed, calibrated and geometrically corrected images, IRIS, and occultation data from PPS, UVS, and RSS. These pages also provide access to the Voyager SPICE kernels generated at the Ring-Moon Systems Node.
      • HST. Our HST page describes our HST holdings including the volumes in our "HST Observations of the Outer Planets" project which provide references to HST observations made with either the ACS, WFC3, or WFPC2 that included an outer planet system. The volumes are updated periodically and currently are complete through observations made during the summer of 2012.
      • Uranus Ring Plane Crossing . While publicly available URPX observations obtained under Planetary Astronomy Program are covered by this NRA, we do not currently have any such data. If eligible URPX data becomes available at the Ring's Node prior to the proposal deadline, this page will reflect it.
    • The PDS NAIF Node and observation geometry.
    • SPICE data and software may be obtained from the NAIF web site.SPICE data files contain spacecraft and solar system geometry data necessary to interpret scientific observations from space-based instruments. The SPICE system also includes a large suite of software, mostly in the form of subroutines, that users incorporate in their own application programs to read SPICE files and to compute derived observation geometry, such as altitude, latitude/longitude, and lighting angles.

    Archive Planning

      Selected investigations may result in data products that are of broad use to the science community, including maps, data with improved calibrations, etc. NASA strongly encourages that such data products be archived in the Planetary Data System (//, or equivalent public archive, by the end of the award period. Proposers are advised to read C.1, The Planetary Science Division Research Program Overview, for information on including an archiving plan in the proposal.

      • Requirements for depositing derived data products in the Planetary Data System have been revised to require that all products be PDS4 conformant. Guidelines for planning data in this format are available at Archiving under PDS4.

    Additional links within PDS

    • Links to ROSES support pages at the other PDS Nodes can be found at the PDS Engineering Node's ROSES support page.
    • For PDS wide search, start with the PDS wide search engine. This search capability is limited, but initial results include links to relevant and much more powerful discipline node search engines.