First atmospheric science results from the Mars exploration rovers Mini-TES

Michael D. Smith, Michael J. Wolff, Mark T. Lemmon, Nicole Spanovich, Don Banfield, Charles J. Budney, R. Todd Clancy, Amitabha Ghosh, Geoffrey A. Landis, Peter Smith, Barbara Whitney, Philip R. Christensen, Steven W. Squyres

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Thermal infrared spectra of the martian atmosphere taken by the Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) were used to determine the atmospheric temperatures in the planetary boundary layer and the column-integrated optical depth of aerosols. Mini-TES observations show the diurnal variation of the martian boundary layer thermal structure, including a near-surface superadiabatic layer during the afternoon and an inversion layer at night. Upward-looking Mini-TES observations show warm and cool parcels of air moving through the Mini-TES field of view on a time scale of 30 seconds. The retrieved dust optical depth shows a downward trend at both sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1750-1753
Number of pages4
Issue number5702
StatePublished - Dec 3 2004

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