AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 3. Analysis, Data and Distances
Display, Monday, June 4, 2001, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[3.06] Data Reconnaissance with MAST's Web-Based Spectral and Imaging ``Scrapbooks"

M. A. Smith, D. J. Christian, C. Imhoff, K. Levay, M. Postman, P. Padovani, R. W. Thompson (Space Telescope Science Institute)

The Multi-Mission Archive at STScI (MAST) announces the release of ``spectral and imaging scrapbooks" for web-based investigator use. These tools are designed to acquaint the user instantly with the general properties of the spectrum or surrounding sky region of a source of interest. For an input object name or set of coordinates, these tools return a montage of thumbnail spectra or images in several wavelength regions from the MAST archives. Currently the spectral scrapbook serves as a jumping-off point for data retrieval, FITS headers, catalog information, and published papers for non-HST datasets (data retrieval is not yet implemented for HST datasets). The imaging scrapbook depicts the sky within a specified search radius, currently for WFPC2 data, and permits the downloading of exlarged images and header information. In subsequent versions, the utility of these tools will be expanded, e.g., to provide merged, ``optimal," or on-the-fly calculated spectra. MAST anticipates the addition of spectra and images from other NASA archival data centers. URL links to these tools are provided in the MAST home page at http://archive.stsci.edu/mast/. On-line demonstrations will be given.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: msmith@stsci.edu

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