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Infra-Red Radiometric Data of Venus


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

Time span: 1974-02-05 to 1974-02-05


This data set consists of two published papers by the principal investigator and colleagues. They contain results and the reduced data obtained for the IR Radiometer experiment and contain the only data that NSSDC will receive for Venus from this experiment. The meager data obtained for Venus were mainly used for calibration of Mercury data obtained in the mission. In the publications the results are presented as graphs of (1) the 45 micrometers intensity vs Venusian longitude, (2) Venus coordinates of the viewed point on the planet, (3) temperature vs height above surface, (4) radiance measurements for both 11 and 45 micrometers channels vs longitude and vs cos phi, (5) difference between the measured radiance at 45 micrometers and the limb-darkening law vs long., (6) optical depth vs height above surface for both channels, and (7) cloud particle density vs height above the surface. Brightness temperature, opaqueness, limb-darkening, and implications are given. The two papers have been microfiched in tandem and are available in that format from NSSDC. The two publications are from Science, v. 183, pp. 1291-2, 1974, and J. Atmosph. Sciences, v. 32, pp. 1101-6, 1975. These and other data are also held by E. D. Miner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, to whom requesters are referred.


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


  • 73-085A-06B
  • 73-085A-06C

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Ellis D. MinerGeneral ContactNASA Jet Propulsion
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