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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
Space shuttle exhaust plumes in the lower thermosphere: Advective transport and diffusive spreading
The space shuttle main engine plume deposited between 100 and 115\ km altitude is a valuable tracer for global-scale dynamical processes. Several studies have shown that this plume can reach the Arctic or Antarctic to form bursts of polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs) within a few days. The rapid transport of the shuttle plume is currently not reproduced by general circulation models and is not well understood. To help delineate the issues, we present the complete satellite datasets of shuttle plume observations by the S ...
Stevens, Michael; Lossow, Stefan; Siskind, David; Meier, R.R.; Randall, Cora; Russell, James; Urban, Jo; Murtagh, Donal;
Published by: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics Published on: 02/2014
YEAR: 2014   DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2013.12.004
Atmospheric dynamics; Lower thermosphere; Polar mesospheric clouds; Space shuttle exhaust