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The case for a modern multiwavelength, polarization-sensitive LIDAR in orbit around Mars

Authors
  • Adrian Brown
  • Tim Michaels
  • Shane, Byrne
  • Wenbo, Sun
  • Timothy N, Titus
  • Anthony, Colaprete
  • Michael J, Wolff
  • Gorden, Videen
  • Christian J, Grund
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 30, 2015
Volume
153
Pages
131–143
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

We present the scientific case to build a multiple-wavelength, active, near-infrared (NIR) instrument to measure the reflected intensity and polarization characteristics of backscattered radiation from planetary surfaces and atmospheres. We focus on the ability of such an instrument to enhance, potentially revolutionize, our understanding of climate, volatiles and astrobiological potential of modern-day Mars.

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