Zodiacal Light Data Investigation.
Final rept. 12 Jul 91-31 Oct 94,
GENERAL RESEARCH CORP DANVERS MA
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A three year study to support Air Force characterization of the zodiacal background is summarized. The study utilized sounding-rocket data from the Zodiacal Infrared Program ZIP and the Earthlimb Clutter ELC Experiment this data provides finer spectral coverage and information closer to the sun than the subsequent Infrared Astronomical Survey IRAS and Cosmic Background Explorer COBE. Work was performed in three main areas the reduction of the data was upgraded the reduced data was organized into a readily accessible database and the zodiacal dust structure was investigated by use of the database. The data reduction was implemented with a pipeline process which took instrumental and environmental effects into account the data was placed in a common calibration format with COBE and an error analysis was performed. The data archive is readily accessible with a graphical user interface GUI it allows the user to work directly with the final data product or to recompute details of the pipeline process. Analysis work has uncovered features of scientific interest in the database.