The application of terrestrial aeronomy groundbased instruments to planetary studies

Michael Mendillo, Fred Roesler, Chester Gardner, Michael Sulzer

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In terrestrial aeronomy, remote sensing and active probing of the upper atmosphere are accomplished using both optical and radio techniques. For passive optical systems-imagers, spectrographs and interferometers- applications to studies of planetary atmospheres often involve the innovative use of standard methods. Here we describe three such passive methods recently applied to studies of the moon’s exosphere, Mercury’s surface, and the atmospheres of Jupiter’s moon Io and comet Hale-Bopp. The active probing of a non-terrestrial atmosphere has not yet been attempted. Here we describe the challenges and potential science yield from light detection and ranging (LIDAR) probing of the lunar atmosphere and incoherent scatter radar (ISR) sounding of Venus’ ionosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAtmospheres in the Solar System
Subtitle of host publicationComparative Aeronomy, 2002
EditorsAndrew Nagy, J.H. Waite, Michael Mendillo
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118669570
ISBN (Print)9780875909899
StatePublished - 2002

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
ISSN (Print)0065-8448
ISSN (Electronic)2328-8779

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics


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