Archiving data at the HEASARC

NASA requires that data obtained by missions or experiments selected from Explorer opportunities (MIDEX, SMEX, MOO and so on) , PIONEER and APRA opportunities including CubeSats, SmallSats, ISS-attached payloads and suborbital projects, in addition to larger missions to be archived with one of the NASA archives.

The HEASARC archives data obtained by high-energy astronomy missions observing in the extreme-ultraviolet (EUV), X-ray, and gamma-ray bands, as well as data from space missions, balloons, and ground-based facilities study the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation in the sub-mm, mm and cm band.
The HEASARC also archives data products such as catalogs, spectra, light curves, images, and/or software that may be of interest to the community at large. These products may be the final results from a Guest Investigation of a single/ensemble of missions, or from an ADAP or ATP proposal.

HEASARC provides a number services for missions or data products and HEASARC guidelines to data archive have common elements that may be adapted to include project/data products specific needs, agreed on individual cases, to ensure that the HEASARC multi-mission approach as described in the HEASARC charter is met.
Depending on the size of the project, data volume and services provided by the HEASARC, there are additional costs associated to data archive above the basic costs provided by HEASARC.

The HEASARC requests Principal Investigator of proposals to be submitted in response of any NASA opportunities to contact the HEASARC three weeks before the internal estimate is needed and no later than six weeks before the proposal deadline. To delivery high data products, the interested PI should contact the HEASARC not later four weeks before the proposal deadline.
The requests have to be submitted utilizing the box within this page to include a brief description of the project (~2500 characters or less). HEASARC will contact the requester in 1-2 business days.

Data Archive Request/Inquiry


General guidelines

  • Requirements for missions that uses the HEASARC as their archive site.

  • Requirements for high level products provided by users.

  • Archive common elements

    Useful Links :

  • HEASARC services
    HEASARC provides a number of services applicable to missions during their operation phase and final archive phase or to the delivery of "products".

  • HEASARC & FITS standards
    Data are accepted in FITS format. HEASARC has standards for specific products and/or mandatory keywords.

  • HEASARC & Software standards
    Mission or community contributed software may be included, maintained and distributed by the HEASARC. HEASARC has a Tutorial to "How to develop an ftool".

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