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Errors in Viking Lander Atmospheric Profiles Discovered Using MOLA TopographyEach Viking lander measured a topographic profile during entry. Comparing to MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter), we find a vertical error of 1-2 km in the Viking trajectory. This introduces a systematic error of 10-20% in the Viking densities and pressures at a given altitude. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Withers, Paul (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ United States)
Lorenz, R. D. (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ United States)
Neumann, G. A. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2002
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIII
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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