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Published Infrared Radiation Temperatures and Final Project Report (Digitized)


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

Time span: 1962-12-14 to 1962-12-14


This collection consists of the digitized Mariner-Venus 1962 Final Project Report (1965, NASA SP-59) and announces published infrared thermal data for Venus.

For the digitization effort each frame on source microfiche PSPA-00285, which contains only the Mariner-Venus 1962 report, was scanned at a resolution of 400 dots per inch and output as one TIFF file. This collection contains the resulting TIFF files and the final project report as a multipage PDF file of merged TIFF files.

The published data consist of radiation temperatures of the 8.4- and 10.4-micron bands, which are available for three scans that were accomplished during planetary flyby on 14 December 1962. Each approximately meridional scan consists of about five to eight frames, with the first scan crossing the dark side near 50 deg longitude, the second near the terminator, and the third in the sunlit side near 60 deg longitude. The accuracy of the temperatures obtained varies from 2 deg for source temperatures near 500 deg K to 10 deg for source temperatures near 200 deg K. The spatial resolution is 1/250 for the total planetary area. The data can be found in Chase, S., et al., The Mariner 2 Infrared Radiometer Experiment, J. Geophys. Res., v. 68, pp. 6157-6169, 1963. A complete description of the instrumentation, operation, and calibration of the radiometer is also presented. The NSSDCA reference number for this publication is B00141.


  • Planetary Science: Atmospheres
  • Space Physics: Zodiacal Light/Interplanet Dust
  • Astronomy: Celestial Mechanics
  • Planetary Science: Small Bodies
  • Planetary Science: Celestial Mechanics
  • Planetary Science: Fields and Particles
  • Space Physics: Heliospheric Studies

Additional Information



Questions and comments about this data collection can be directed to: Ms. Stephanie A. McLaughlin



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Gerry NeugebauerGeneral ContactCalifornia Institute of
Mr. Stillman C. Chase, Jr.General ContactSanta Barbara Research Center
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