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VIVO Data from Mars: LASP, VIVO, and MAVEN

Above are four of the first images taken by the IUVS instrument. IUVS obtained these false-color images about eight hours after the successful completion of MAVEN’s Mars orbital insertion maneuver on September 21, 2014.

From Michael Cox, Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO  Ten months ago, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (University of Colorado at Boulder) watched as the MAVEN spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base on board an Atlas V launch vehicle.  On board MAVEN is a scientific instrument (IUVS) built entirely by LASP, as well as other instruments that LASP aided in building.  Ten months and 442 million miles later, MAVEN successfully completed a Martian orbital insertion maneuver and is now in a stable orbit around the red planet.

LASP is the home of the primary investigator on the MAVEN project, Bruce Jakoski; LASP is also serving as the science operations center and the science data center, as well as providing education and public outreach for the MAVEN mission.  As such, LASP is highly interested in the management of the datasets that MAVEN will produce.  LASP has already had a VIVO instance in place for some time that deals with metadata related to solar irradiance data collected by other Earth-orbiting missions, but we hope to expand the ontology in the near future to be able to handle the atmospheric datasets that MAVEN will be creating.

As our VIVO instance stands today, LASP does store a fair deal of hardware infrastructure data: databases, filesystems, servers, directories and directory sizes, etc.  Some of these infrastructure resources are directly related to MAVEN science data operations, providing information about where MAVEN databases live, how much space MAVEN directories are using, etc.  VIVO currently serves as the authoritative source for a number of cost center type reports that aggregate and present this information to management.

However, our current dataset ontology (which is under heavy and active development) does not yet provide the capability to store MAVEN-type dataset metadata.  We intend to work at developing a generic ‘Space-Based Ontology’ that could address the needs of any type of space-based scientific data.  When development begins on this extended project, LASP certainly hopes to collaborate with VIVO ontologists and leverage the mutual work that is already underway in these areas.