Observations of the martian atmosphere with the mars climate sounder

McCleese, D. J.; Schofield, J. T.; Aharonson, O.; Abdu, W. A.; Bandfield, J. L.; Banfield, D.; Calcutt, S. B.; Heavens, N. G.; Irwin, P. G. J.; Kass, D. M.; Kleinboehl, A.; Lawson, W. G.; Leovy, C. B.; Lewis, S. R.; Paige, D. A.; Read, P. L.; Richardson, M. I.; Taylor, F. W.; Teanby, N. and Zurek, R. W. (2008). Observations of the martian atmosphere with the mars climate sounder. In: Third International Workshop on The Mars Atmosphere: Modeling and Observations, 10-13 Nov 2008, Williamsburg, Virginia, pp. 1–4.

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The Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) has obtained measurements of the Martian atmosphere for one Mars year. Onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), MCS continues to acquire high vertical resolution profiles of temperature, dust, condensates of CO2 and H2O, and water vapor by observing the limb of the atmosphere from the surface to 80 km in the spectral intervals 0.3 – 3 ?m and 11.5 – 45 ?m [1]. This paper describes the investigation and introduces some of the observations being studied by the MCS science team. Other presentations by the team at this workshop will describe in greater detail results of ongoing research using MCS data.

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