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Ultraviolet Photometry

NSSDC ID: 1972-012A-06
Mission Name: Pioneer 10
Principal Investigator: Dr. Darrell L. Judge

Description

This experiment (on both Pioneers 10 and 11) consisted of a broadband photometer sensitive between 200 and 800 A. During the cruise phase of the mission, this experiment was used to search for the supersonic-to-subsonic transition region in the solar wind. During the Jovian encounter, this experiment was used to look for evidence of an auroral oval on the Jovian dayside, to find the ratio of hydrogen to helium in the Jovian atmosphere, and to find the temperature of the outer portion of the Jovian atmosphere. Evidence of helium was found in the interplanetary region indicating interactions between charged particles and neutral hydrogen. Since October 1990 the instrument exhibited a degraded charge capacity which necessitated limitation of operations to no more than two days per week thereafter.

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Science (United States)

Disciplines

  • Astronomy: Ultraviolet
  • Planetary Science: Atmospheres
  • Space Physics: Heliospheric Studies
  • Space Physics: Ionospheric Studies

Additional Information

Questions or comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. John F. Cooper.

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Robert W. CarlsonOther InvestigatorNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratoryrcarlson@issac.jpl.nasa.gov
Dr. Pradip GangopadhyayOther InvestigatorUniversity of Southern Californiapradip@lism.usc.edu
Dr. Darrell L. JudgePrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of Southern Californiajudge@physics.usc.edu
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