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Apollo Data Restoration at the Planetary Data System Lunar Data Node

David Williams
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The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) on Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 returned data from the lunar surface until September 1977. These long-term in-situ data, along with data from orbital experiments performed during these missions, are some of the best information on the Moon's environment, surface and interior. Much of them were archived at the National Space Science Data Center (now the NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive, NSSDCA) in the 1970's and 1980's, but a large portion were never submitted. The data that were archived were generally on microfilm, microfiche, or magnetic tape in obsolete formats, making them difficult to use. In many cases the documentation and other ancillary information (metadata) are insufficient to allow for proper scientific use. The Lunar Data Node at Goddard Space Flight Center, under the auspices of the Planetary Data System (PDS) Geosciences Node, is attempting to make all these data usable and readily available to researchers. We report on the efforts to: 1) put the archived data into digital formats to make them more easily obtainable and readable; 2) compile the appropriate metadata to accompany these data; and 3) archive them within the PDS.

Daniel Schubert
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Recognizing that science and human exploration are mutually enabling, NASA created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to address basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies. As a virtual institute, SSERVI funds investigators at a broad range of domestic institutions, bringing them together along with international partners via virtual technology to enable new scientific efforts."