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Radiosondes for Characterizing the Martian Atmosphere
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Author and Affiliation:
Schumacher, D. M.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States);
Dorney, D. J.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States);
McGrath, M. A.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: The National Weather Service (NWS) releases approximately 75,000 radiosondes each year to measure pressure, altitude, temperature, relative humidity, wind and cosmic radiation [1]. The data obtained from these measurements have led to a more thorough understanding of the Earth s lower atmosphere. On the contrary, there have been only six fully successful landings on Mars, and there is much less known about the variations in winds, density, etc., in the mid-regions of the Martian atmosphere (see Fig. 1). This data is vital to understanding Martian weather and the development of Mars landers for larger payloads [2,3,4]. Mars has too much atmosphere to land like is done on the moon, and too little atmosphere to land like is done on Earth. It is suggested that radiosondes could be added as secondary payloads on Mars missions and used to map physical properties in the different regions of the Martian atmosphere.
Publication Date: Jun 12, 2012
Document ID:
20120015293
(Acquired Oct 31, 2012)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: M12-1811, M12-1880
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration; 12-14 Jun. 2012; Houston, TX; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Lunar and Planetary Inst.; Houston, TX, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 9p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: BALLOON-BORNE INSTRUMENTS; CHARACTERIZATION; COSMIC RAYS; DUST STORMS; HUMIDITY; LOW EARTH ORBITS; MARS ATMOSPHERE; MARS LANDING; PAYLOADS; RADIOSONDES; TEMPERATURE PROFILES
Miscellaneous Notes: PDF includes Conference paper and oral/visual presentation
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