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Observations of aerosol and clouds with LITE
Author(s): David M. Winker; Michael P. McCormick
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Paper Abstract

The Lidar In-space Technology Experiment (LITE) is a three-wavelength backscatter lidar developed by NASA Langley Research Center to fly on the Space Shuttle. LITE flew on Discovery in September 1994 as part of the STS-64 mission. The LITE mission presented an opportunity to explore the applications of space lidar and to gain operational experience which will benefit the development of future systems on free-flying satellite platforms. The performance of the LITE instrument was excellent, resulting in the collection of over 40 Gbytes of data. These data present us with our first highly detailed global view of the vertical structure of cloud and aerosol, from the Earth's surface through the middle stratosphere. These preliminary results highlight the benefits to be obtained from long duration satellite lidars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2581, Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing II, (15 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228522
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David M. Winker, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael P. McCormick, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2581:
Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing II
Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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