PCK kernels pertain to the big bodies in our solar system. Earth. Moon. Etc. These files contain physical and geometric constants, etc, that describe motions and orientations of these big bodies.
One important file is
pck00010.tpc. This file has a lot of the constants we need, however no mass values. Mass values can be loaded from
geophysical.ker contains data to interpret NORAD “TLE” orbital elements. TLE’s are available for many Near-Earth Orbiting objects, such as Hubble Space Telescope.
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PCK files come in both binary and text format files. The text kernel files are viewable in any text editor.
More information can be found by downloading the SPICE PCK Tutorial: