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Remote Sensing Of The Earth's Atmosphere By Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy - An Update Of The Atmos Program
Author(s): R. Zander; M. R. Gunson; C. B. Farmer
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Paper Abstract

The threat posed to the earth's atmosphere by anthropogenic activity is now well documented. A basic requirement for understanding and predicting the effect of changes to the natural - and delicate - chemical balance of the atmosphere, are precise measurements of its composition on a four-dimensional basis, i.e. latitude, longitude, altitude, and time. As part of the NASA Upper Atmosphere Research program, the ATMOS (Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy) experiment has been designed to address some of theSe requirements. Its primary function is to record high resolution infrared solar spectra in the occultation mode from a space platform. The presentation will include an overview of the ATMOS instrument and a review of its performance and results gathered during its first flight as part of the Spacelab 3 Space Shuttle mission (April 29 through May 6, 1985). Prospects for future ATMOS sorties will also be discussed in the context of other program efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1989
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1129, Advanced Optical Instrumentation for Remote Sensing of the Earth's Surface from Space, (6 October 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961482
Show Author Affiliations
R. Zander, University of Liege (Belgium)
M. R. Gunson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)
C. B. Farmer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1129:
Advanced Optical Instrumentation for Remote Sensing of the Earth's Surface from Space
G. Duchossois; Frank L. Herr; Rodolphe J. Zander, Editor(s)

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