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Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) Cassini Orbiter Instrument records, 1990-2007

MS 706

Collection Summary

Creator: Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer Science Team
Collection Name:Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) Cassini Orbiter Instrument records
Inclusive Dates: 1990-2007
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet
Abstract:Records of the Science Team for the Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument on the Cassini Orbiter of the Cassini-Huygens space research mission run by NASA and international collaborators. Includes records related to the Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby Mission (CRAF) sister mission which was cancelled in the early 1990s. Includes correspondence, documents, reports, instrument design and calibration specifications and some publications and graphics.
Collection Number:MS 706
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

The Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) collected both light that is visible to humans and infrared light of slightly longer wavelengths. It separated the light into its various wavelengths so scientists could learn about the composition of materials from which the light is reflected or emitted. Scientists used VIMS to determine the content and temperatures of atmospheres, rings and surfaces in the Saturn system. The instrument analyzed light but scientists also created images from its data, similar to a visible-light camera. The Primary Investigator for VIMS is Bob Brown of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. VIMS is an instrument on the Cassini-Huygens Space-Research Mission which, for nearly 20 years shared the wonders of Saturn and its family of icy moons—taking us to astounding worlds where methane rivers run to a methane sea and where jets of ice and gas are blasting material into space from a liquid water ocean that might harbor the ingredients for life. Cassini was a joint endeavor of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian space agency (ASI).

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes original proposal to NASA in 1990 and carefully selected correspondence and project files found in Box 1 Folders 1-8. Extensive project management document and reports, including many calibration reports and procedures. Many presentations from a Science Team Meeting held in Tucson in February, 2003. Folders organized chronologically, but folder contents not arranged.



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Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
Cassini (Spacecraft)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.)
University of Arizona. Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Geographic Name(s)
Jupiter (Planet)
Saturn (Planet)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) Cassini Orbiter Instrument records (MS 706). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

Processing History

Processed by Molly Stothert-Maurer in 2019.

Container List

11 VIMS proposal to NASA, 1990
12-3 Correspondence, 1991-2003
14 JPL Interoffice Memos, 1991-1997
15 Instrument design, 1990-1998
16 Proposals to join team, 1991, undated
17-8 Documents and Data, 1991-2001
19 Publications and Graphics, 1991-2000
110 Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby Mission (CRAF), correspondence, reports, 1990-1992
21 CRAF VIMS Investigation Description and Science Requirements Documents, 1990-1991
22 Report of CIRS Team Meeting, from Bob Nelson to Bob Brown, 1991
23 C/C VIMS V Sensor Report, Officine Galileo, Francis Reininger, 1991
24-5 VIMS Optical Filters, Perkins-Elmer, Cube Files, 1994-1995
26 Solar Port Calibration, 1996
27 VIMS Spectral Calibration Log (blue binder), 1996
28 VIMS Calibration Report: Polarization and Solar Cal Port (blue binder), 1996
29 VIMS IR Geometric Calibration (blue binder), 1996
210 VIMS IR Radiometric Calibration Log, January 6-15, 1996
211 VIMS Calibration, 1996-1997
212 Nuclear power protests, 1997
213 VIMS Pointing: Plan for observing stars, 1998, 2001
214 Titan, VIMS Presentation, R. Clark, 1999
215 Software Interface Specifications, 2000
216 Satellites Orbiter Science Team (S. O. S. T.) Report, PSG Meeting, Berlin, 2000
217 Strategies and Plans for VIMS Jupiter Data Analysis Effort, undated
218 Wavelength charts, Ganymede, Io, Callisto, undated
218A Observation planning for Jupiter flyby, undated
219 Spectral Observations, 2002
220 VIMS/Cassini Meeting, Capri, Italy, 2002
221 Dana Kerola, Geometrics Calibration report, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2001
222 Alan Stevenson, Instrument Status report, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
223 Mark Showalter, XD-TWT report, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
224 Phil Nicholson, Ring TWT presentation, 2003
225 Ralf Jaumann presentation, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
226 Karl Hibbitts, Radiometric Calibration Report, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
227 Gianrico Filacchione Solar Port Results presentation, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
228 Roger Clark, Data Processing Plan presentation, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
229 Pierre Drossart, Titan Observation presentation, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
230 Bonnie Buratti, TOST report presentation, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
231 Charlie Avis, Flight S/W Status presentation, VIMS Science Team Meeting, 2003
232 VIMS-V Calibration Proceedure, Instituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (IASF), 2005
233-34 CASPER renderings to plan flybys, 2005-2007