A system was developed to provide a new mechanism for members of the mission community to create and contribute new science data to the rest of the community. Mission tools have allowed members of the mission community to share first order data (data that is created by the mission’s process in command and control of the spacecraft or the data that is captured by the craft itself, like images, science results, etc.). However, second and higher order data (data that is created after the fact by scientists and other members of the mission) was previously not widely disseminated, nor did it make its way into the mission planning process.
This software allows members of the mission community to create and contribute second and higher order data into the set of mission data for use in planning and operations of a mission. This kind of data is indexed and treated in the same way as first order data. The data is discoverable by other users and can be part of the planning process. The system improves the ability to share results, make discoveries, and aid in the operations of a mission. At the time of this reporting, this capability was not available in other software.