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Apollo Data

The Apollo program sent six missions to the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972.  Apollo astronauts deployed several experiment packages during these missions.  Data from instruments were telemetered to Earth after the astronauts left the moon.  PDS is working to recover some of these Apollo data sets.

Geosciences Node Tools

The Apollo Analyst's Notebook is for scientists familiar with Apollo who want details of the science products.

Available Apollo Data Sets

Apollo Documentation

Apollo Program Document Collection (PDS4) - Descriptions of the Apollo missions, spacecraft and experiments.

Apollo Sample Analysis
Soil Sample Reflectance - Bidirectional reflectance distribution function measurements of Apollo samples acquired by the Bloomsburg University Goniometer.
Apollo 12

Cold Cathode Ion Gage (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw CCIG data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Solar Wind Spectrometer - 28-second resolution plasma parameters observed on the lunar surface from November 19, 1969 to March 25, 1976.

Solar Wind Spectrometer - Hourly averaged plasma parameters observed on the lunar surface from November 19, 1969 to March 25, 1976.

Solar Wind Spectrometer (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw SWS data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Suprathermal Ion Detector Experiment (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw SIDE data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Apollo 14
Cold Cathode Ion Gage - Graphs of lunar atmospheric density from February 7, 1971 to December 31, 1973 (scanned from microfilm).
Apollo 15

Cold Cathode Ion Gage - Graphs of lunar atmospheric density from July 31, 1971 to September 12, 1973 (scanned from microfilm).

Cold Cathode Ion Gage (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw CCIG data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Ephemeris Data (PDS4) - Spacecraft state vectors, camera orientation, photograph position, and lighting data computed during the Apollo era for photographic images of the moon taken by the Apollo 15 Metric (Mapping) and Panoramic Cameras from lunar orbit.

Heat Flow Experiment - Reduced, subsampled thermal conductivity measurements of lunar soil acquired by two probes of the Apollo 15 Heat Flow Experiment, July 31, 1971, through December 31, 1974.

Heat Flow Experiment (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw HFE data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Heat Flow Experiment (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of calibrated HFE data for the time span of April-June 1975; source was the raw data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes.

Lunar Self-Recording Penetrometer - Tables of raw readings and reduced data from all six runs on 01 August 1971 of the Lunar Self-Recording Penetrometer (LSRP) on the surface of the Moon for the Apollo 15 Soil Mechanics experiment.

Orbital Mass Spectrometer (PDS4) - Digital PDF/A files from scans of formatted data outputs on microfilm.

Solar Wind Spectrometer - 28-second resolution plasma parameters observed on the lunar surface from July 31, 1971 to June 30, 1972.

Solar Wind Spectrometer - Hourly averaged plasma parameters observed on the lunar surface from July 31, 1971 to June 30, 1972.

Suprathermal Ion Detector Experiment (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw SIDE data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer - Two tables of time-ordered, event count rates acquired during lunar orbit from July 30 to August 4, 1971.

Apollo 16
Ephemeris Data (PDS4) - Spacecraft state vectors, camera orientation, photograph position, and lighting data computed during the Apollo era for photographic images of the moon taken by the Apollo 16 Metric (Mapping) and Panoramic Cameras from lunar orbit.

Lunar Self-Recording Penetrometer - Tables of raw readings and reduced data from ten runs on 22 April 1972 of the Lunar Self-Recording Penetrometer (LSRP) on the surface of the Moon for the Apollo 16 Soil Mechanics experiment.

Lunar Surface Magnetometer (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw LSM data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975. 

Orbital Mass Spectrometer (PDS4) - Digital PDF/A files from scans of formatted data outputs on microfilm.

X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer - Two tables of time-ordered, event count rates acquired during lunar orbit from April 20 to 24, 1972.
Apollo 17
Ephemeris Data (PDS4) - Spacecraft state vectors, camera orientation, photograph position, and lighting data computed during the Apollo era for photographic images of the moon taken by the Apollo 17 Metric (Mapping) and Panoramic Cameras from lunar orbit.

Far-UV Spectrometer Graphs (PDS4) - Graphs of spectral data from 118.4 to 167.2 nm acquired by the FUVS from lunar orbit December 10 through December 19, 1972, scanned from microfilm.

Heat Flow Experiment - Reduced, subsampled thermal conductivity measurements of lunar soil acquired by two probes of the Apollo 17 Heat Flow Experiment, December 12, 1972, through December 31, 1974.

Heat Flow Experiment (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw HFE data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Heat Flow Experiment (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of calibrated HFE data for the time span of April-June 1975; source was the raw data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes.

Lunar Surface Gravimeter (PDS4) - Flat ASCII tables of raw LSG data recovered from ALSEP ARCSAV binary tapes for the time span of April-June 1975.

Traverse Gravimeter - Table of 26 readings of the Apollo 17 Traverse Gravimeter Experiment taken from 12 to 14 December 1972 at different locations near the Lunar Module landing site.
Pioneer 8 and 9
Cosmic Dust Detector (CDD) Calibration Notebook Collection (PDS4) - Digital reproductions of two hand-written laboratory notebooks of calibration analyses. This documentation is intended to aid the calibration effort for the Apollo 17 Lunar Ejecta and Meteorite Experiment (LEAM) detector. 
Pioneer Program Document Collection (PDS4) - Descriptions of the Pioneer missions, spacecraft and experiments.

Additional Apollo Resources

Additional information about Apollo missions and selected data sets can be accessed through the National Space Sciences Data Center (NSSDC).

Overviews of Apollo missions as well as descriptions of landing sites, surface operations, photography, experiments, and samples can be found at The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).

The Lunar Data Project (LDP) is working to digitize NSSDC  Apollo data holdings.

 

What's New

October 15, 2019. Restored Apollo 12 and Apollo 15 Suprathermal Ion Detector Experiment and Cold Cathode Ion Gage data are now available online.

October 15, 2019. Restored Apollo 12 Solar Wind Spectrometer data are now available online.

September 20, 2019. Restored Apollo 15 and Apollo 16 Orbital Mass Spectrometer data are now available online.

July 18, 2019. Restored Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Gravimeter data are now available online.

July 12, 2019. Restored Apollo 17 raw and calibrated Heat Flow Experiment data are now available online.

July 12, 2019. Restored Apollo 15 raw and calibrated Heat Flow Experiment data are now available online.

July 12, 2019. Restored Apollo 16 Lunar Surface Magnetometer data are now available online.

January 25, 2019. The Apollo Document Collection is now available online.

January 25, 2019. Apollo 15 and Apollo 16 ephemeris data are now available online.

November 2, 2018. Apollo 17 FUVS graphs are now online.

June 13, 2017. Apollo 17 ephemeris data are now available online.

March 31, 2017. Apollo soil sample reflectance data from the Bloomsburg University Goniometer have been released.

September 9, 2016. Restored Apollo 15 and Apollo 16 X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer data are now available online.

September 19, 2014. Restored Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 Thermal Conductivity data are now available online.

April 5, 2013.  Restored Apollo 15 and Apollo 16 Soil Mechanics data are now available online.

September 18, 2012.  Restored Apollo 17 Traverse Gravimeter
Experiment
data are now available online.

January 25, 2010.  The  Apollo Analyst's Notebook  tool is now available online.

September 18, 2008.  Restored Apollo 15 28-second-resolution and hourly averaged Solar Wind Spectrometer data are now available online.

September 18, 2008.  Restored Apollo 12 28-second-resolution and hourly averaged Solar Wind Spectrometer data are now available online.

September 18, 2008.  Restored Apollo 14 and Apollo 15 Cold Cathode Ion Gage data are now available online.

 

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