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Compressed Time Scale Plots of Lunar Seismic Data on 35-mm Microfilm


Availability: At NSSDC, Ready for Offline Distribution (or Staging if Digital)

Time span: 1969-11-19 to 1976-03-01


This data set consists of 35-mm microfilm of experimenter-produced plots containing 15 sec resonance long period (LP) X, Y, Z and 1-sec resonance short-period Z (SPZ) seismic values. To enhance the signal-to-noise ratio for higher frequency events, a difference method was employed in reduction of the data. The absolute value of the difference between consecutive data points is summed over 40 points for long-period data (320 points for short-period data) and this value is plotted, yielding one value for every 6 seconds of data. Consecutive points are plotted with opposite polarity to yield a line with the appearance of a seismogram. Components are arranged LPX, LPY, LPZ, SPZ, with LPX at the top and SPZ at the bottom. Time ticks are displayed every 10 minutes and each hour (UT) is labeled. The year and day are displayed every 6 hours. The plots also contain the values for the Apollo 14, 15, and 16 stations for the times they are in operation, simultaneously displayed on the analog chart. These plots are used to identify seismic events and to determine their start and stop times. The SPX axis has malfunctioned since deployment and no data have been received.

Digital images (scans) of the entire contents of the microfilm are available as data collection PSPG-00939.

Alternate Names

  • Compressed Scale Playouts


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics


  • 69-099C-03B

Additional Information



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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Gary V. LathamData ProviderUniversity of Texas, Galveston
Mr. G. P. BarnesGeneral ContactNASA Johnson Space Center
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