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Meteorological Station (MET)

NSSDCA ID: 2007-034A-05

Mission Name: Phoenix Mars Lander


The Meteorological Station (MET) records the weather and atmosperic conditions in the vicinity of the Phoenix lander. The MET comprises temperature and pressure sensors and a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system. The temperature sensors are three thin wire thermocouples mounted at different heights on a 1.2 meter mast. The pressure sensors are magnetic reluctance diaphragm sensors. The LIDAR will transmit laser light vertically upward. The light reflects off particles in the atmosphere and the returns and their precise timing indicates size and location of the particles of dust and ice, giving a vertical profile of the atmosphere.

Alternate Names

  • MET
  • PhoenixMarsLander/MET
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:ase.phx
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:lidar.phx
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:met.phx
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:tt.phx


  • Planetary Science: Atmospheres

Additional Information

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



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Selected References

  • Taylor, P. A., et al., Temperature, pressure, and wind instrumentation in the Phoenix meteorological package, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A10, doi:10.1029/2007JE003015, 2008.
  • Whiteway, J., et al., Lidar on the Phoenix mission to Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A08, doi:10.1029/2007JE003002, 2008.
  • Gunnlaugsson, H. P., et al., Telltale wind indicator for the Mars Phoenix lander, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A04, doi:10.1029/2007JE003008, 2008.
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