AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
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Display, Thursday, June 6, 2002, 9:20am-4:00pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[68.12] The Yohkoh Galileo Project

A. R. Davey, L. W. Acton (Montana State University)

The Japan/US/UK Yohkoh mission was launched on 29 August 1991 and ceased acquiring solar observations on 14 December 2001. Over the decade the mission returned a record of energetic solar coronal and activity phenomena of high quality and enduring value.

In order to assure the usability of Yohkoh data for generations of future scientists we plan to create a durable and readily accessible archive of Yohkoh data products and descriptive and explanatory documentation. We call the effort to preserve and document the Yohkoh data archive the YOHKOH GALILEO PROJECT in honor of Galileo Galilei, whose 17th-century sunspot observations are still scientifically useful today.

The ten years of observations by Yohkoh provide a unique, high-quality, record of the evolution high-energy solar phenomena over an entire sunspot cycle. These data will be mined for decades, if not centuries, for studies of solar activity, its control of space weather and the sun-earth connection, and properties of magnetically active astrophysical objects. The Galileo Project is being undertaken by the same team of U.S., Japanese, and U.K. scientists who cooperatively conducted the observational phase of the mission and the GSFC Solar Data Analysis Center where the primary public archive of Yohkoh data are located.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: ard@solar.physics.montana.edu

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