Last updated: 3/1/2015
Step 1 due date: 6/11/2015
Data Availability date: 8/10/2015
Data Availability date: 1/25/2015
* For SSW, as part of the Step-1 review process all proposals will be directed to one of two Step-2 deadlines.
The Solar System Workings (SSW) program is described in Appendix C.3 and Amendment 1 of the ROSES 2015 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.
The specific data availability restrictions given for the 2015 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."
Volumes at the Ring-Moon Systems Node as of 3/1/2015 which meet the SSW basic eligibility requirements for publicly available timing and PDS certification are listed below.
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 "...data 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (//pds.nasa.gov/), 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.