Sounding Rocket Observation of Nitric Oxide in the Polar Night
An altitude profile of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the 80–110 km altitude range was measured in the polar night from a sounding rocket on 27 January 2020. The observations were made using the technique of stellar occultation with a UV spectrograph observing the γ (1,0) band of NO near 215 nm. The tangent point for the altitude profile was at 74° latitude, a location that had been in darkness for 80 days. The retrieved slant column density profile is interpreted using an assumed four-parameter analytic profile shape. Retrievals ...
Bailey, Scott; McClintock, William; Carstens, Justin; Thurairajah, Brentha; Das, Saswati; Randall, Cora; Harvey, Lynn; Siskind, David; Stevens, Michael; Venkataramani, Karthik;
Published by: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics Published on:
YEAR: 2022   DOI: 10.1029/2021JA030257
Lower thermosphere; mesosphere; nitric oxide; polar night; sounding rocket; stellar occultation