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Spectroscopy of molecular oxygen in the atmospheres of Venus and MarsThe abundances of molecular oxygen in the atmospheres of Venus and Mars are sensitive to fundamental photochemical processes. A new upper limit is reported for the molecular oxygen mixing ratio (O2/CO2 less than 3 x 10 to the -7th) in the integrated column above the visible cloud tops of Venus, based on spectroscopic observations carried out in early spring, 1982. During the same observing period, an O2 column abundance of 8.5 cm-am for the atmosphere of Mars was measured, slightly below the O2 abundances measured a decade earlier.
Document ID
19830062870
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Trauger, J. T. (California Institute of Technnology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA, United States)
Lunine, J. I. (California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: Icarus
Volume: 55
ISSN: 0019-1035
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGL-05-002-003
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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