This data set contains data products for 93,397 images obtained by the
Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)
mission during the orbital phase at asteroid 433 Eros. The data products
include geometric and geophysical information for each pixel. The data
products are in the form of backplanes, stored in the FITS image format.
There is one backplane file for each MSI image. Each of the MSI backplane
files is a 16-band image cube. The bands of the cube contain the following
information calculated for the center of each pixel:
Pixel values; x, y, and z coordinates of the intercept with the surface
of the asteroid; latitude, longitude and radial distance from asteroid center;
solar incidence, emission, and phase angles; horizontal and vertical pixel
scale; slope; elevation; gravitational acceleration; and gravitational
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Because of the size of this data set (721 Gb), it is too large to easily download as a whole. The data set has been broken down into smaller pieces for download, one gzipped tar file per day. The filenames have the form "nearmsi.shapebackplane.yyyyDOY.tar.gz" where yyyy is the year and DOY is the day of year.
Use the following citation to reference this data set:
Blewett, D.T., Barnouin, O.S., Ernst, C.M., Nguyen, L., and Espiritu, R.C.,
Eros MSI Images with Geometry Backplanes. urn:nasa:pds:nearmsi.shapebackplane. NASA Planetary Data System, 2017.