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SDDPT Mariner 10 Raw EDR Images in VICAR Format


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

Ancillary data are not needed for the proper use of these data


This data set consists of the Experiment Data Records (EDRs) for the approximately 8500 images obtained by the Mariner 10 TV experiment. The EDRs consist of unprocessed (raw) instrument data in VICAR format. Each image file consists of 22 blocks containing 31,944 bytes per block. Each block is composed of 33 logical records of 968 bytes each. The first logical record of the first block contains a label. The labels are followed by 700 logical records (one per image line) containing pixel and engineering data. Details of the data set are provided by Martin et al., ``Planetary Image Conversion Task: Final Report,'' JPL Publication 85-50, 1985, which is available from NSSDC. This publication includes the only catalog currently available for the data set. These data are available on CD-WO. The CDs were created as part of the Science Digital Data Preservation Task of the Planetary Data System. The original data tapes (held in data set 73-085A-01T) were copied directly onto CD-WO. Therefore these data have not been validated and are not in PDS standard format.

This data set was created at JPL as part of its Science Digital Data Preservation Task (SDDPT), and a copy was provided to NSSDC for safekeeping. Numerous SDDPT data sets are not readily usable, as they represent bit copies of old data tapes and do not contain user documentation. Persons interested in ordering these data should contact the NSSDC person listed for this data set. Freeware to read this particular data set is available at:

This is SPDSS ID 73-085A-0200, volumes MVM_0001 to MVM_0015

Alternate Names

  • MR10-L/H/V-VIS-2-EDR-V1.1


  • NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive
  • Regional Planetary Imaging Facility, JPL


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


  • 73-085A-01U

Additional Information



Questions or comments about this data collection can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams.



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Francisco LoaizaData ProviderNASA Jet Propulsion

Selected References

Martin, M. D., et al., Planetary image conversion task, JPL, Calif. Inst. Technol., 85-50, Pasadena, CA, Sept. 1985.

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