[Spice_announce] Announcing New NAIF Toolkit: Version N59
Charles H. Acton
Charles.H.Acton at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Nov 23 12:35:54 PST 2005
November 22, 2005
A holiday treat from NAIF...
The NAIF Team is pleased to announce the availability of a new
version of the NAIF Toolkit for all currently supported computing
environments. This is version N0059. The various FORTRAN, C and IDL
"flavors" of this new Toolkit are available from the usual location
in the NAIF web pages:
The "whats.new" file that accompanies each Toolkit describes the
additions and changes to the Toolkit. Chief among the additions in
this release is the ability for the C and IDL Toolkits to process
non-native text kernels without requiring user intervention.
(Unfortunately this capability is not possible in FORTRAN versions of
The "README" text file provides instructions for downloading and
installing the Toolkit packages.
The "dscriptn.txt" text file describes the complete contents and
organization of the Toolkit package.
As always, this Toolkit is freely offered to the worldwide space
science and space mission engineering communities. The few rules
governing its use are posted on the "Rules" page of the NAIF
Please feel free to forward this announcement to any of your
colleagues who could be interested, especially if you are a project
scientist or similar lead person.
Two SPICE training sessions are expected to be announced shortly: one
near JPL and one at ESTEC. Stay tuned!
Thanks to Bill Knopf of NASA's Solar System Division for providing
the SPICE development funding. And thanks to the hundreds of
scientists and engineers around the world whose use of SPICE, and
whose suggestions for improving and extending it, has made this
enterprise pretty successful.
NAIF solicits your feedback on how to further improve the SPICE
system-- capabilities, procedures, training, and new
applications--within the national and international contexts. NAIF is
also interested in knowing more about where and how SPICE is used,
believing such knowledge can help guide the further evolution of
SPICE. And NAIF appreciates whatever efforts you may find appropriate
to garner continuing support for further SPICE development.
-- The NAIF Team
The SPICE system has been produced and is maintained by Caltech's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory under contract to the U.S. National Aeronautics
and Space Administration.
Charles.H.Acton at jpl.nasa.gov Phone (818) 354-3869
Navigation and Ancillary Information Group/JPL Fax (818) 393-6388
NAIF website: http://naif.jpl.nasa.gov
SPICE news: http://naif.jpl.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/spice_announce
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