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Retrieval of FUSE Data from MAST
This page explains the Retrieval Options and gives information on contents
of FUSE data.
Once observations of interest are found,
registered and anonymous users can
retrieve the data. We describe here the
various retrieval options for FUSE data and explain the various terms
involved, which you will encounter on the retrieval page.
Note that all FUSE observations are now public.
The FUSE data have all been loaded into the anonymous ftp area. If you already know the datasets of interest
you can retrieve the data via anonymous ftp or directly through the browser at http://archive.stsci.edu/pub/fuse/data/
To ftp the data
login as "anonymous" with your e-mail address as your password
MAST no longer registers their own set of archive users as was done in the past.
As of April 2015, users may log into
the Archive using an STScI Single Sign-On (SSO) Portal identity.
All STScI employees by default already have this SSO identity set up and can use
these credentials for any requested login information requested by the Archive.
Non-STScI users either had their
Archive username and password migrated to SSO credentials and were
notified via email,
or they need to register for an STScI SSO external account.
If you want an archive account, you can register for one on the web. See our
http://archive.stsci.edu/registration/ page for more information.
If you register, you should receive your username and password via email in a few minutes.
This is the password that was given to you
when you registered (See Archive Username,
As of April 2015, the username and password are no longer specific to MAST
and are referred to as the STScI SSO portal identity
which will allow access to other STScI services without requiring additional
The data will be written to the Archive staging disk. You will be able
to pull from the staging disk using FTP and logging in with your
archive username and password. If you used the
anonymous method, you can use either
your username and password or anonymous ftp.
You can delete your data when you are done.
You may request data to be delivered on an external hard drive if you anticipate
many GB of data retrieval. Currently the hard drive must be returned to STScI
after the data are read onto your local drive. We have a limited number of drives
for use and you MUST contact the Archive Hotseat (410-338-4547 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
to coordinate your requests and use of the hard-drive option.
The name of the directory to which the data will be written.
Please make sure that this directory exists, is writeable,
and has enough space. The retrieval will fail otherwise.
(Unfortunately, for technical reasons, we can't reliably estimate the size of your retrieval until
the files are read from the optical platters, so we can't tell you whether there is enough space there,
but generally, retrievals are rarely more than a gigabyte in total size.)
There are five characters which, if present in a password, will cause the retrieval
to fail: (, ), *, ", and /.
All the information you enter in this form will be sent to ST ScI through
an SSL (encrypted) web connection using a Verisign
certificate. The password remains encrypted until it is needed to transfer the data
to you. The password is not retained after the data are transferred.
If your local system disallows FTP or sftp access and you are requesting only public data,
you can use the STAGE option.
The default set of files delivered to the requestor is the first option
under "Files Requested" on the Retrieval Options page. This option returns
just 12 calibrated files (rootname "*fcal") per exposure - 8 for each
detector/side, and 4 trailer
files (trailer files are the logs of the pipeline processing history of
the observation), irrespective of the TTAG or HIST observing mode.
The files in this package are only those unique to a given observation.
Quick-look gif files are not included in this package.
It is important to note that for most (TTAG) observations files are returned
for all three spectral entrance apertures, even though only one is normally
used. For HIST observations only the target aperture admits light and
therefore only one set of aperture files is generated
See the Section 2.5.2 of the FUSE Data Handbook.
Parsing FUSE file names can be daunting to the uninitiated.
For information on the FUSE file naming conventions and contents
see the table in Data Handbook,
Chapter 4: The Science Data Files.
Hint: the project defines "rootname" with 11 characthers through the
exposure number (3 characters). As defined, this name not includes
the detector number & side (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b), observing mode, and data
Frequently Asked Questions about Retrievals
I'm the PI on proposal nnnn, why can't I retrieve the data?
for help. All the data is now public and online, but if you are using
an archive account, it may be your username/password has changed.
If a retrieval fails due to lack of disk space
(or for any other reason), do I have to resubmit it
or will it be resubmitted for me?
Requests are deleted out of our system after they are completed,
so you will need to resubmit your request.
I don't need the whole dataset. How do I retrieve just one file extension?
Select the extensions
from the scrollbox or enter them into the space provided on the Retrieval Options page (or the File Options screen in StarView.)