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Published Data on Mars' Upper Atmosphere Airglow on Microfiche

NSSDCA ID: PSPA-00280

Availability: At NSSDC, Ready for Offline Distribution (or Staging if Digital)

Time span: 1971-11-14 to 1972-02-08

Description

This data set consists of six published reports supplied by the experimenter - "Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment Data Report 1, December 8, 1971", "Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment Data Report 3, December 15, 1971", "Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment Data Report 5, December 29, 1971", "Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment Data Report 7, January 5, 1972", "Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment Data Report 9, January 26, 1972", and "Mariner 9 Mars Orbiter Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment Data Report 11, February 16, 1972." These reports were published in hardcopy by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. Report 1 provides Mars upper atmosphere airglow data that were obtained on November 14, 1971, during the first orbit in which high data rate communication was possible with Mariner 9 following orbit insertion. The report also includes data obtained during a systematic upper atmosphere study from November 27 to December 3, 1971. The airglow emissions are grouped as - (1) the CO fourth positive bands and the CI 1561- and 1657-A lines in the 1418- to 1758-A spectral region, (2) the CO Cameron bands in the 1910 to 2458 A spectral region, (3) the OI 1304-A line, and (4) the HI 1216-A lines. The data are presented in successive groups of eight figures containing the log emission rate vs altitude for each of the above four spectral ranges for the eight orbits reported. The orbital pass number is indicated on each figure. A table is also included giving the orbital parameters associated with each bright limb crossing. Report 3 covers the period November 20 through December 13, 1971; Report 5 covers the period December 15 to December 21, 1971; Report 7 covers the period December 23, 1971, to January 2, 1972; Report 9 covers the period January 3 to January 21, 1972; and Report 11 covers the period January 23 to February 8, 1972. All these reports present the same data in the same format with one exception. An anomaly appeared in the long wavelength channel on orbit 114 and affected the acquisition of airglow data in that region. Consequently, no data for the CO Cameron bands are presented after this date. The other data, however, are unaffected.

Alternate Names

  • Upper Atmosphere-Airglow, Fiche
  • Upper Atmosphere Data--Airglow

Disciplines

  • Planetary Science: Atmospheres
  • Planetary Science: Biology
  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Old NSSDCA ID

  • 71-051A-02B

Additional Information

Spacecraft

Experiments

Questions and comments about this data collection can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Charles A. BarthData ProviderUniversity of Coloradocharles.barth@colorado.edu
Dr. Charles A. BarthGeneral ContactUniversity of Coloradocharles.barth@colorado.edu
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