This utility is designed to allow users to
verify the existence of MAST data sets AND to display
the name to be used in astrophysical publications.
For more information on data set references,
see Referencing Data Sets in
Note GALEX data sets are not currently included in this
This section describes the allowed parameters.
It is intended that the user will enter EITHER
a data set name (or a comma-separated list of names),
OR a file of names to be uploaded. If both fields are
entered, the data set name values will be used by default.
Note: parameters may be specified using either a GET or a POST
request. Therefore instead of using the HTML search form, a request
can be made such as:
Action=Search is a required parameter for the GET request, and
file uploads require using the HTML form.
Select HTML, CSV, or Excel Spreadsheet for the format
of the results. With HTML (the default), a html table will be displayed
on the same page as the form. For CSV a new page is drawn showing
comma separated values, For excel spreadsheet format, you may be prompted
to display using Excel.
After entering data set names and clicking search button, several
entries will be displayed for each input data set.
For HTML, the results are shown in a table following the search form.
For CSV, a separate page is displayed showing just column headings and
columns of results. For Excel spreadsheet format, results may be displayed
directly in an Excel spreadsheet form. The definition of the various columns is shown below.
If the input file name is recognized as coming from a specific
project, then the mission name is listed here.
It does not necessarily mean the file exists, only that the data set name
resembles that used by a particular MAST mission.
If no mission can be connected to the input data set, a "-" is shown.
If the file is located in a mission database table, it is listed as "yes".
If a particular mission was indicated, but the entry was not found in that
particular database, "Not Found" is shown. Otherwise, the value is set to
For identified data sets, this column shows the data set name as it would
be specified for an astronomical paper (as specified in the
The name includes the ADEC-approved prefix.
For unidentified data sets, a "-" is shown.