This CD-ROM closely mirrors The Proceedings of the 31st Scientific Assembly of COSPAR, 14-21 July, 1996, Session D0.1, Results of the IASTP Programme published by Advances in Space Research, 1997, Volume 20, Issues 4 & 5.

Extensive use of color figures on the CD-ROM distinguish it from the hard copy version. Some of the papers, notably the two by Kasaba and Phan, are slight revisions of the papers published in the hard copy.