A Laboratory for Interactive Programming, Processing, and Display in Space Science
The launch of an unmanned scientific spacecraft marks the culmination of approximately three years of effort for each scientist having an experiment on-board. But it is only a transition, or, to paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, the end of the beginning. There looms in front of the average experimenter five years (1) during which he will be confronted by the formidable task of analyzing the data he will receive. He has spent the majority of his time prior to launch in the design and fabrication of his experiment and in the integration and testing of it within the environment of the spacecraft. This phase was terminated at launch. He must now devote his time to the completion of preliminary computer programs, and to the presentation of preliminary results. Eventually he will complete his final analysis programs and present his conclusions to the scientific community.
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