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Apollo 17 Heat Flow - Thermal Conductivity Data, Reformatted to ASCII (LDP)


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


This collection is a reformatted version of the original HFE dataset PSPG-00022. A PDS-validated archive version can be found online at:

Under "Apollo 17 - Thermal Conductivity". It covers measurements taken by the Apollo 17 heat flow probes from 12 December 1972 to 31 December 1974. The PDS-validated data set is the recommended data for research.

This collection consists of a single tar file, whose contents are: 1. five data files from each of the HFE probes of the Apollo 17 Heat Flow Experiment (ten files total); 2. a README file; 3. a file containing the Fortran source code for the program that reformatted the data; and 4. the Data Set Catalog DSC-210, which contains information provided by the data set provider on the data formats and other details pertinent to the proper use and understanding of the data.

The data files are written in ASCII with record sizes of three or seven words, and logical records containing only fill data have been eliminated. The program and the README file are in plain ASCII text, while the Data Set Catalog is in PDF format.

Three parameters: time, temperature, and delta temperature, are given for the upper section gradient bridge, lower section gradient bridge, upper section ring bridge, and lower section ring bridge, in files 1, 2, 4, 5 respectively. File 3 contains time, heater state -- an integer between 1 and 16 converted to real mode, reference bridge temperature, and the four thermocouple temperatures for each probe cable.

The data are available online at

The Data Description Packet (DDP) with more detailed information on the content and format of these data is available online at:

Alternate Names

  • Apollo 17 HFE reformated


  • NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics
  • Space Physics: Mesospheric Studies

Additional Information



Questions or comments about this data collection can be directed to: Dr. H. Kent Hills.



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Kenneth PetersGeneral ContactColumbia University 
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