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SBN and the MPC

The Minor Planet Center has become a functional sub-node of the Small Bodies Node of PDS.

MPC User group
Matt Holman & Mike A'Hearn are forming a User-group for the MPC. We would like to include both data providers to the MPC and users of the data produced by the MPC. We would also consider an orbital dynamicist who compares his/her results with those of the MPC. At this point we would like to solicit both volunteers and nominees from the community. We anticipate an annual face-to-face meeting at the MPC (in Cambridge, MA) and intervening electronic meetings perhaps 2 or 3 times per year. International, i.e., non-US, members are welcome. Representatives from US institutions who are not funded by NASA's NEOO Program can have travel reimbursed.

Matt Holman, Director of the MPC, and Mike A'Hearn, PI of the PDS Small Bodies Node, with a very brief statement of your, or your nominee's, relevance to the committee.

Welcome to the PDS Small Bodies Node

thumbnail of planetsThe Small Bodies Node (SBN), a part of NASA's Planetary Data System, specializes in the archiving, cataloging, and distributing of scientific data sets relevant to asteroids, comets and interplanetary dust.

More specifically, SBN seeks to archive data from:

NASA missions are obligated to archive their data within PDS so most of the data is related to and in support of NASA missions. Ground-based observers are not required to archive their data (because they are often funded from non-NASA/public sources) but are welcome to contribute their data.

Data Analysis Proposals Support

Proposers please note: If you are planning to use PDS data for your ROSES data analysis proposal (e.g., Discovery Data Analysis Program, Cassini Data Analysis, Lunar Data Analysis, etc), please note the archive status indicated on the top of each dataset webpage. A status of "archived" or "locally archived" indicates the data are in their final form, while "certified" indicates there are minor editing corrections still to be made. Data sets with other status levels may be either in active development, or considered to have some significant deficiency. Proposers are urged to consult the ROSES solicitation and the appendix for the Program Element to which they are proposing for the specific guidelines on the use of spacecraft data in general and data sets with known issues in particular.

Data Release Schedule

We have a data release schedule that has the proposed dates of when data provided to the SBN for archiving will be publicly available. This is a proposed schedule and users should not be surprised if missions/projects are late.

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