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NIMS Engineering Data Records (EDRs) (PDS)


Availability: Proprietary Data - Contact Agent for More Information

Time span: 1989-10-27 to 2002-03-19


This data set of Experiment Data Records (EDRs) from the Galileo Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) experiment was generated by the NIMS team in collaboration with the Planetary Data System (PDS) for distribution to the various Galileo project investigators, and to the community of planetary scientists. It contains data acquired by the NIMS instrument starting at Galileo launch and continuing through the first Earth encounter. Included are data for Venus, the Earth, and the Moon. Test, star and calibration data are also included. Further volumes in this series will contain data from the second Earth encounter, from the Gaspra and impending Ida asteroid encounters, and from the various encounters of Jupiter and its satellites several years hence.

Each EDR file contains a PDS label, header and data area. A separate VICAR (Video Image Communication and Retrieval) label accompanies it. These files are organized in directory trees ordered in spacecraft clock time. Ancillary files provide detailed information and documentation pertaining to CD-ROM volume content, detailed descriptions of the structure and content of the EDRs in PDS format, a NIMS Guide to the Venus and first Earth encounters, index files, calibration and geometry data, and some simple software for examining the EDRs.

The EDR files on this disk can be processed by two separate, but similar, sets of programs to generate NIMS cube files. One operates in the ISIS (Integrated Software for Imaging Spectrometers) environment. The other operates in the VICAR environment. The resulting cubes are similar in structure but somewhat different in detailed content and type of processing. Both kinds of cubes can be displayed, analyzed and further processed by any ISIS programs that operate on standard ISIS cubes. Further information on these specialized software systems is provided with the volume.

This data set contains raw data requiring specialized system software and expertise to use. Requests for the data should be made to the PDS Imaging Node for further discussion. Reduced data in the form of spectral image cubes have been archived by the Galileo NIMS team and are available as NSSDC data set PSPA-00227.

Ancillary Data Information

Alternate Names

  • GO-E/L-NIMS-2-EDR-V1.0
  • GO-J-NIMS-2-EDR-V2.0
  • GO-V-NIMS-2-EDR-V1.0
  • Galileo Earth/Moon NIMS Experiment Data Records V1.0
  • Galileo Jupiter NIMS Experiment Data Records V2.0
  • Galileo Venus NIMS Experiment Data Records V1.0


  • Planetary Science: Atmospheres
  • Planetary Science: Small Bodies
  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics


  • 89-084B-01C

Additional Information



Questions and comments about this data collection can be directed to: Dr. Edwin V. Bell, II



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Christopher E. IsbellGeneral ContactUS Geological

Selected References

  • Isbell, C., Introduction to this CD-ROM volume, US Dept. Interior, USGS, PDS Imaging Node, Branch of Astrogeology, Flagstaff, Az., Dec. 1993.
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