New Findings from Old Data
We are approaching the 40-year anniversary of the two Voyager spacecraft making their 1979 flybys of the planet Jupiter. Jupiter’s magnetosphere is big. The satellites were moving fast, and each one only spent a few days passing through the magnetic bubble around this planet so two flybys does not seem like much of an opportunity to gather data. But the plasma science instruments on the spacecraft were high quality sensors that led to numerous papers on the magnetospheric structure, dynamics, composition, and dominant physical processes....more
Editors’ Highlight—Survey of Voyager Plasma Science Ions at Jupiter: I Analysis Method
In our field, so much emphasis is put on the spectacular and ground-breaking, and not the fundamental work of producing high quality measurements with documentation and access to the wider community. The authors of this paper found an old data set from the Planetary Data System (NASA's repository for planetary mission observations), updated old MIT codes written in the 1970s, and made it accessible online for the current generation of researchers. They also carried out a statistical survey of the reprocessed data. This type of work opens doors to the spectacular and ground-breaking, but is rarely recognized for its significance.
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Survey of Voyager plasma science ions at Jupiter: 1. Analysis method
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Eos.org: Earth & Space Science News
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