New Heliospheric CD-ROM Available

Volume 12, Number 4, December 1996
By Natalia Papitashvili

A few years ago, NSSDC created the first heliospheric CD-ROM with accompanying software. This disk held for each of the spacecraft identified below (except Ulysses) hourly-resolution, annual ASCII files of merged magnetic field, plasma, and spacecraft position data. All field vector data were transformed to common (RTN) coordinates, and all position data were likewise transformed to a common (HGI) system. Some higher resolution Interplanetary Monitoring Platform (IMP) and International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE) data were also included.

NSSDC has just issued a new heliospheric CD-ROM that updates and extends the hourly data of the earlier CD-ROM. More than 35 spacecraft-years were added, bringing the total available to about 140 spacecraft-years.

Spacecraft and their time spans are in the following table:


Helios 1      	74/12-81/06      	74/12-80/12 
Helios 2      	76/01-80/03      	76/01-80/03 
OMNI          	63/12-95/12      	63/12-96/03 
Pioneer 10    	72/03-75/11      	72/04-95/09 
Pioneer 11    	73/04-92/08      	73/04-92/05 
Pioneer Venus 	78/12-88/08      	78/12-92/10 
Ulysses       	90/10-95/09      	90/11-95/06 
Voyager 1     	77/09-89/12      	77/09-80/11 
Voyager 2     	77/09-89/08      	77/09-95/11

In this table "OMNI" refers to NSSDC's multispacecraft near-Earth compilation, dominated for many years by IMP 8. NSSDC has also made these files ANONYMOUS/FTP-accessible from "MERGED" subdirectories under each spacecraft subdirectory in the Coordinated Heliospheric Observations (COHO) directory on

An updated version of MS-DOS software for data retrieval and visualization was provided for both the new CD and FTP-transferred files. The FTP address on for this software is pub/cdrom/software/dos, filename helios_n.exe. NSSDC is planning in the future to recreate the software for at least Windows-95 and Windows-NT environments.

These data are also the input files for NSSDC's WWW-accessible COHOWeb and OMNIWeb, which have uniform sets of parameters for all spacecraft. This new heliospheric CD is not being mass-replicated as was the first one since an increasing fraction of potential users have WWW and/or FTP electronic access to the data. Copies of the CD-ROM may be ordered from NSSDC's Coordinated Request and User Support Office (CRUSO) at

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Miranda Beall,, (301) 286-0162
Hughes STX, Code 633, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.

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Hughes STX, Code 633, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.

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Author:Miranda Beall
Curators: Erin Gardner and Miranda Beall
Responsible Official: Dr. Joseph H. King, Code 633
Last Revised: 10 JAN 1997 [EDG]