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We have released a beta version of pdr, the Planetary Data Reader. pdr has the ambitious goal of making every file and product in the complex, diverse ecology of planetary data instantly ready for analysis in standard Python workflows. It already supports an overwhelming majority of the data hosted in the Planetary Data System (PDS) archives. It is available on Github. Try pdr.read(filename) and see what happens. We'd love your comments, requests, and bug reports.

Chandrayaan-1 M3 and Clementine imaging archives

Under contract from the United States Geological Survey, Million Concepts has produced Planetary Data System 4 (PDS4) bundles containing new versions of:

Our new versions of these crucial lunar data are highly usable and designed to be easily-maintainable for many more decades.

The data are still in peer review at the PDS. See our project page for links to documentation, software, and videos that show the glitchy delights of the Clementine EDR.


Mars 2020

Chase Million and Michael St. Clair have joined the Mars 2020 mission as Collaborators on the Science Team. They will develop software to assist with the scientific analysis of rover data under the direction of Mastcam-Z Co-I Melissa Rice (Western Washington University).


Galex Legacy Catalog ADAP

NASA's Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) has selected Million Concepts' proposed GLCat (GALEX Legacy Catalog) project for funding, with our founder Chase Million as PI and in collaboration with Luciana Bianchi (JHU). GLCat will be a massive catalog of all unique extended and point sources detected by the orbital ultraviolet (UV) Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) telescope during its decade-long mission. GLCat will be the most extensive UV sky catalog ever produced, correcting critical issues with earlier GALEX catalogs and including several million new seconds of imaging coverage that have not previously been released in a usable format. We expect it to become an enabling component for scientific investigations in multiple sub-disciplines of astronomy for years to come, and also be a key resource in the design and planning of future ultraviolet astronomy missions. GLCat will build on and vastly extend the scope of our existing GFCat (GALEX Flare Catalog) and gPhoton projects, enable the discovery of UV phenomena visible only at very high time resolution.

Read excerpts from our proposal for more information.

Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship

Chase Million has been selected as a 2021 Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellow. As a fellowship project, he will develop tools and techniques for generating realistic and useful software project estimates that account for the unique circumstances of scientific research. This project is based on workflows already in use within Million Concepts and follows from a workshop on the same topic that Chase presented at the first OpenPlanetary Virtual Conference (OPvCon) in June 2020.


Chang'e-2 Microwave Radiometer LDAP

Million Concepts will be working with PI Matthew Siegler (Planetary Science Institute), Jianqing Feng (Planetary Science Institute), and Paul Hayne (CU Boulder) on a research project recently selected for funding by the Lunar Data Analysis program. The project, "Thermal and Dielectric Properties From the Chang'e-2 Microwave Radiometer," focuses on recalibrating the CE-2 data set and finding synergies between these corrected data and data from other instruments (such as the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter's Diviner radiometer). This new fused data set will enable us to produce more accurate maps of the dielectric qualities and subsurface composition of the Moon than have ever previously been released. This is our third research collaboration with Dr. Siegler, and we are pleased to be continuing to lend our analysis expertise to his groundbreaking work on lunar geology. Read our proposal for more detail on the project.

GFCat 2-minute Catalog presented at NUVA

As output from the GFCat project, Chase Million presented a catalog of GALEX photometric measurements reprocessed from their original 25-minute visit depths to 2-minute cadence. This catalog enables the systematic search of fast stellar variability in the ultraviolet across the entire GALEX corpus. A video of the talk can be found here. A Jupyter Notebook with example workflows is here.


OpenPlanetary Virtual Conference

Chase Million organized the first OpenPlanetary Virtual Conference (OPvCon), and also presented a two-hour workshop on Research Software Project Management.


Apollo 15 and 17 HFE concatenated data sets now available

The Apollo 15/17 Heat Flow Experiment Concatenated Data archive are now available at the PDS Geoscience Node. Read more about this effort here.


GFCat "Six Sigma" sample presented at AAS235

Chase Million presented an initial sample of 400 GALEX light curves with significant (>6-sigma) time-domain variability on timescales less than approx. 30 minutes. The poster can be viewed here.


Mars Science Laboratory

Chase Million and Michael St. Clair have joined the Mars Science Laboratory mission as Collaborators on the Science Team. They will develop software to assist with the scientific analysis of rover multispectral data under the direction of Melissa Rice (Western Washington University).


Planetary Data Workshop

Michael St. Clair presented at the 4th Planetary Data Workshop on improvements to the Apollo 15 and 17 Heat Flow Experiment (HFE) data archive.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

As a NASA iTech Finalist, Chase Million attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands. See our NASA iTech presentation here.