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Single-Axis Magnetometer

NSSDCA ID: 1967-123A-01

Mission Name: Pioneer 8
Principal Investigator:Dr. Norman F. Ness


A single, boom-mounted uniaxial fluxgate magnetometer, with mode-dependent ranges of plus or minus 32 nT and plus or minus 96 nT and corresponding resolutions of plus or minus 0.125 nT and plus or minus 0.375 nT, obtained a vector magnetic field measurement by means of three measurements taken at equal time intervals during each spacecraft spin period (approximately 1 s). At telemetry bit rates less than or equal to 16 bps, averages were computed on board for transmission to earth. For further details, see Mariani and Ness, J. Geophys. Res., v. 74, p. 5633, 1969. NSSDC has all the useful data that exist from this investigation.

Alternate Names

  • Pioneer8/Single-AxisMagnetometer


  • Space Physics: Heliospheric Studies

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Prof. Franco MarianiOther InvestigatorUniversita degli Studi di
Dr. Sergio C. CantaranoOther InvestigatorCNR, Space Plasma Laboratory
Dr. Norman F. NessPrincipal InvestigatorNASA Goddard Space Flight
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