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Experiment S001: Zodiacal Light PhotographyObservations made during the Gemini 5, 9, and 10 missions in the context of their relation to ground-based and balloon-based experiments on dim-light phenomena are reported. Zodiacal light is the visible manifestation of dust grains in orbit around the sun. The negatives that were exposed on the Gemini 9 mission were studied by the use of an isodensitracer to produce intensity isophotes. Data on the following factors were obtained: (1) intensity distribution of the zodiacal light, both morning and evening; (2) the height and intensity of the airglow at various geographic positions; and (3) intensity distribution of the Milky Way in the region of the sky near Cygnus. Also, a previously unreported phenomenon was discovered. This phenomenon appeared as an upward extension of the normal 90-kilometer airglow layer. The extension was in the form of wisps or plumes approximately 5 deg wide and extending upward approximately 5 deg. The results obtained from pictures exposed on the Gemini 10 mission were of qualitative or geometrical value only.
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Ney, E. P. (Minnesota Univ. Minneapolis, MN, United States)
Huch, W. F. (Minnesota Univ. Minneapolis, MN, United States)
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August 6, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1971
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Publication: NASA. Manned Spacecraft Center The Gemini Program: Phys. Sci. Expt. Sum.
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