LPSC 2011: Wanted: Pioneer 10 & 11 digital data
Posted By Emily Lakdawalla
2011/03/11 01:39 CST
This is both a Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) update and a public service announcement. Ted Stryk posted a blog entry yesterday summarizing the work that he presented at the LPSC poster session on Tuesday, March 8. He's been working for years to locate the original Pioneer 10 and 11 image data from the Jupiter and Saturn encounters. He doesn't mean photos that were produced from the data, which are more widely available; he means numerical data, which, for Pioneer, would most likely be in the form of a matrix of numbers printed out on some yellowed paper sitting in some institution's library or some scientist's personal files.Before LPSC, Ted visited the library at NASA Ames Research Center in the hopes of finding some of these missing digital data. He didn't find the treasure trove of digital data that he was hoping to. But he did find some higher-quality photos and a few bits and pieces of digital data. His poster includes some of this material in combination with some previous work. The caption below indicates how many of these images were made from digital rather than scanned photo data, which is not many! Coincidentally, this week another amateur, Ricardo Nunes, pointed from unmannedspaceflight.com to a website he's put together summarizing the Pioneer mission imaging of Jupiter and Saturn, including the best versions of images that he could find and process. It's a very thorough summary.