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Pioneer Data, In search of digital data...
post Oct 31 2005, 12:34 AM
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Tomorrow I will be stopping by our library. Some material has come in, but I am not sure what it consists of. To make a long story short, it appears that, although the Saturn part seems to be listed in the NSSDC catalogue, other than the three Pionner ring images (one red/blue set and one red image alonge) and the Io set, the digital data is lost, save any scraps that can be recovered from various places. This material may contain some more images...tomorrow I will know. The good news is that after looking at the available digital sets, there isn't much if anything that can be pulled out of them that can't be saved by just cleaning up the prints of the other images.

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post Jan 3 2006, 10:27 PM
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Best and cheapest way to back-up and archive nowadays is an external Hard Drive, USB plugable ( 200 Giga for Euro 100.00 ) mellow.gif
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post Mar 18 2006, 06:19 AM
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Engineering blueprints of Pioneer 10 and 11:


Diagrams of a Pioneer Outer Planets Orbiter - POPO?


"After having some business dealings with men, I am occasionally chagrined,
and feel as if I had done some wrong, and it is hard to forget the ugly circumstance.
I see that such intercourse long continued would make one thoroughly prosaic, hard,
and coarse. But the longest intercourse with Nature, though in her rudest moods, does
not thus harden and make coarse. A hard, sensible man whom we liken to a rock is
indeed much harder than a rock. From hard, coarse, insensible men with whom I have
no sympathy, I go to commune with the rocks, whose hearts are comparatively soft."

- Henry David Thoreau, November 15, 1853

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post Mar 25 2006, 08:57 PM
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http://www.planetary.org/programs/projects/pioneer_anomaly/ describes the Planetary Society's Pioneer Anomaly project. Lots of old data has been recovered and converted to a format that can be used/read by modern computers.

Apparently this includes all of the science data (see http://www.planetary.org/programs/projects...ate_200601.html ). If so it would be possible (but hardly easy) to reconstruct the Pioneer images. Although the imaging data is of very low quality compared to something like Cassini advances in computing make it fairly certain that it would be possible to get significantly better-looking images than the images publicly released in the 1970s.

This would IMHO be interesting, this data is of high historical interest. At least I would love to get my hands on Pioneer images in digital format instead of images on paper.
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