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Access to VIRTIS / Venus-Express post-operations data archive

Giuseppe Piccioni
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Romolo Politi
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All data acquired during the Venus-Express mission are publicly available on ESA's Planetary Science Archive (PSA). The PSA itself is being redesigned to provide more comprehensive access to its content and a new interface is expected to be ready in the coming months.However, an alternative access to the VIRTIS/VEx dataset is also provided in the PI institutes as part of the Europlanet-2020 European programme. The VESPA user interface ( provides a query mechanism based on observational conditions and instrument parameters to select data cubes of interest in the PSA and to connect them to standard plotting and analysis tools. VESPA queries will also identify related data in other datasets responsive to this mechanism, e. g., contextual images or dynamic simulations of the atmosphere, including outcomes of the EuroVenus programme funded by the EU. A specific on-line spectral cube viewer has been developed at Paris Observatory ( Alternative ways to access the VIRTIS data are being considered, including python access to PDS3 data ( and distribution in NetCDF format on IAPS website ( In the near future, an extended data service will provide direct access to individual spectra on the basis of viewing angles, time, and location.The next step will be to distribute products derived from data analysis, such as surface and wind maps, atmospheric profiles, movies of the polar vortices or O2 emission on the night side, etc. Such products will be accessed in a similar way, and will make VIRTIS results readily available for future Venus studies. Similar actions are taken in the frame of Europlanet concerning atmospheric data from the Mars-Express mission and Cassini observations of Titan.
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insu-03578094 , version 1 (17-02-2022)



Stéphane Erard, Pierre Drossart, Giuseppe Piccioni, Florence Henry, Romolo Politi. Access to VIRTIS / Venus-Express post-operations data archive. American Astronomical Society, 0000, à renseigner, Unknown Region. ⟨insu-03578094⟩


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