New Data and Grants for SSDOO

SSDOO Staffers Win New Data, Education, and Science Grants

Volume 14, Number 4, December 1998
By Joseph King

Several proposals have been submitted by the Space Science Data Operations Office (SSDOO) to NASA Headquarters (HQ) and to Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in response to recent proposal calls. These calls include the HQ-administered Advanced Information Systems Research Program and the Jovian System Data Analysis Program and the GSFC-administered International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) Guest Investigator Program and Director's Discretionary Fund.

Many of these proposals will be funded based on the peer review process. Some are oriented toward improving data management and accessibility, some are education oriented, and a few are straight science-based. Many will enable SSDOO to develop data products and data management, access, and display tools that will complement the basic data services provided by the NSSDC and by the Astrophysics and Space Physics Data Facilities within the SSDOO.

The funded proposals are listed below. Note that the sometimes numerous Co-Is from outside SSDOO have not been identified by name.


Applications of EXtended Markup Language (XML) to Documentation and Content-Based Searching of Astronomical Catalogs, Edward Shaya (principal investigator [PI]), James Blackwell, Cynthia Cheung, James Gass, Gail Schneider, and Richard White

This work will convert astronomical data tables to XML, develop an XML markup structure for ADC's astronomical data, and develop authoring tools to allow scientists to convert data into XML and to ingest journal tables into the ADC XML archive.

Satellite Ion/Electron Density/Temperature Data on CD-ROM and WWW, Dieter Bilitza (PI) and Natalia Papitashvili

This work will compile and produce a set of two CD-ROMs with ITM density and temperature data from 14 satellites covering the interval 1965-1983. The data will also be made WWW-accessible via NSSDC's ATMOWeb interface.

Automated Processing of ISIS Topside Ionograms into Electron Density Profiles, Bodo Reinisch (University of Massachusetts/Lowell [PI]) and Dieter Bilitza

This work will develop software for the automated scaling of topside ionograms and for inversion of the resultant traces into electron density profiles; it will apply this software to a large part of International Satellite for Ionosphere Studies (ISIS) ionograms newly digitized at GSFC and archived at NSSDC/NDADS.

Sun-Earth Connections Campaign Data Coordination, Ramona Kessel (PI)

This work will compile and produce a set of two CD-ROMs with ITM density and temperature data from 14 satellites covering the interval 1965-1983. The data will also be made WWW-accessible via NSSDC's ATMOWeb interface.

Sun-Earth Connections Campaign Data Coordination, Ramona Kessel (PI)

This work will facilitate the preparation and compiling of standards-adherent, definitive high-resolution ISTP event data for selected intervals from ISTP PIs. Standards and tools will be as used for lower resolution ISTP key parameter data (Common Data Format [CDF], CDAWeb, etc.)

ISAIA: Interoperable Systems for Archival Information Access, Robert Hanisch (Space Telescope Science Institute [STScI] [PI], Richard White, Joseph King, and others

This work is intended to broaden the discipline domain of the present Astrobrowse system to include space physics and planetary science and to enrich the Astrobrowse functionality in terms of integrating responses from multiple sites to which queries may have been broadcast. (This proposal was only partly funded; work selection is yet to be done.)

Science and Education

Energetic Ion Interactions with the Galilean Satellites, John Cooper (PI), Edwin Bell, David Williams, and others

This work will analyze and model energetic ion charge states and magnetic fields during flybys of Jupiter's Galilean satellite by the Galileo spacecraft. It will also develop high-school-level material on particle motions in planetary magnetic fields.


Radio JOVE - Teens Listenting to an All-Natural Radio Station, James Thieman (PI), Chuck Higgins, James Green, William Taylor, James Gass, Louis Mayo, and others

This effort involves high school students around the country in the building of radio receivers and in listening to and recording Jovian radio signals as part of the 1999 International Jupiter Watch. A WWW site will be created for Radio JOVE coordination, collection/dissemination of Radio JOVE observations, radio astronomy tutorials, etc.

Radio JOVE On-Line Observatory, James Thieman (PI), Chuck Higgins, and others

This effort enables students to control remotely and make observations of Jupiter radio emissions using professional radio astronomy telescopes at the University of Florida over the Web. The data will be available in real time from the WWW site above.

Interactive NASA Space Physics Ionosphere Radio Experiments (INSPIRE), William Taylor (PI)

This grant will support the general operations of INSPIRE. For a number of years, INSPIRE has brought to high school students the excitement of observing and recording natural and human-made radio waves in the audio region by making, Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio kits available.

GSFC Career Connection Model, Nathan James (PI), Louis Mayo, and Elaine Lewis

This effort develops an effective apprenticeship model for students spending summers or other intervals at Goddard. More emphasis on training both mentors and students in anticipation of apprenticeship time and on evaluation of outcomes of such apprenticeships will be highlighted.

Straight Science

The Redshift Dependence of the Interaction-Activity Connection Among Ultraluminous Starbursting Galaxies, Kirk Borne (PI)

This numerical simulation work will investigate new models for colliding gas-rich galaxies to shed light on the nature of ultraluminous infrared galaxies. Can they be due to massive bursts of star formations induced by galactic collisions?

Snapshot Survey of Dynamically Close Galaxy Pairs from z = 0.1 to z = 0.5, David Patton (University of Victoria [PI]) and Kirk Borne

This HST observing program aims to obtain images of 72 distant pairs of galaxies to search for evidence of tidal disturbances, which would indicate that these galaxies are truly colliding and potentially merging. The fraction of true collisions will be used to estimate the cosmological rate of galaxy mergers.

Identification of M Supergiant +B Star Binaries in the Magellanic Clouds, Derck Massa (PI)

This work will use archived UIT UV images in conjunction with optical catalogs to identify M supergiant +B binary systems; the work will contribute to the determination of masses of the supergiants.

FUV Diagnostics of Structure in Hot-Star Winds, Alex Fullerton (University of Victoria [PI]) and Derck Massa

This work will use Guest Observer time on the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) spacecraft to investigate wind variability in hot stars.

Wind/SOHO Guest Observer Program for the Study of Solar Energetic Particles and Galactic Cosmic Rays, Frank McDonald (University of Maryland [PI]), Robert McGuire, and Nand Lal

This study of acceleration of higher-energy ions in large solar particle events and of cosmic ray modulation will exploit a new onboard processing algorithm on the Wind/EPACT instrument that better captures and pulse height analyzes penetrating ions.

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