SPICE Data Release 0

SPICE consortium


Release notes

This data pack contains Solar Orbiter/SPICE data recorded during Short Term planning Period 122 (STP122, Nov. 16-23, 2020). This data was acquired early in the mission, under variable instrument configurations. While useable for scientific analysis, this “technical release” is primarily intended as a test for expert users willing to assess the data quality prior to the first full science data release.

Due to the inherently complex nature of the SPICE data, we only distribute the Level 2 (calibrated) data for this release. In case issues in the Level 2 data are found that require to investigate the conversion from Level 1 to Level 2, access can be granted to the Level 1 data and to the software used to convert it. The processing software will eventually be released in SolarSoft. However, it should be clear that Level 2 data is the data product that scientists should use for their research. Level 2 data takes into account all the calibration parameters quantified at the time of the release.


Known limitations

SPICE release 0 data policy

Due to the preliminary nature of this private release, we request that the following policy is strictly adhered to:

Citation & acknowledgements

Scientific papers using SPICE data must cite the SPICE instrument paper “SPICE consortium et al, A&A, 2020 DOI:10.1051/0004-6361/201935574”. Papers using SPICE data must include the following statement in the acknowledgements section:

“The development of SPICE has been funded by ESA member states and ESA. It was built and is operated by a multi-national consortium of research institutes supported by their respective funding agencies: STFC RAL (UKSA, hardware lead), IAS (CNES, operations lead), GSFC (NASA), MPS (DLR), PMOD/WRC (Swiss Space Office), SwRI (NASA), UiO (Norwegian Space Agency).”

The usage of SPICE images as online web graphics or in printed materials must mention “Image Courtesy: ESA/Solar Orbiter/SPICE”.