Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) Movies and Other Cool Data from Cassini's Magnetosphere Imaging Instrument (MIMI)

Monday, 15 December 2014
Martha Bolz Kusterer, Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins, Laurel, MD, United States, Donald G Mitchell, JHU/APL, Laurel, MD, United States, Stamatios M Krimigis, Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins, Space, Laurel, MD, United States and Jon Duane Vandegriff, Johns Hopkins Univ, Laurel, MD, United States
Having been at Saturn for over a decade, the MIMI instrument on Cassini has created a rich dataset containing many details about Saturn’s magnetosphere. In particular, the images of energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) taken by the Ion and Neutral Camera (INCA) offer a global perspective on Saturn’s plasma environment. The MIMI team is now regularly making movies (in MP4 format) consisting of consecutive ENA images. The movies correct for spacecraft attitude changes by projecting the images (whose viewing angles can substantially vary from one image to the next) into a fixed inertial frame that makes it easy to view spatial features evolving in time. These movies are now being delivered to the PDS and are also available at the MIMI team web site. Several other higher order products are now also available, including 20-day energy-time spectrograms for the Charge-Energy-Mass Spectrometer (CHEMS) sensor, and daily energy-time spectrograms for the Low Energy Magnetospheric Measurements system (LEMMS) sensor. All spectrograms are available as plots or digital data in ASCII format. For all MIMI sensors, a Data User Guide is also available. This paper presents details and examples covering the specifics of MIMI higher order data products.