atmospheric measurements on Mars: the Viking Meteorology Experiment

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The Viking Meteorology Experiment is one of nine experiments to be carried out on the surface of Mars by each of two Viking Landers positioned at different latitudes and longitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. The meteorology experiment will measure pressure, temperature, wind speed, and wind direction at 1½ h intervals throughout the Martian day. The duration of each measurement period, the interval between data samples for a measurement period, and the time at which the measurement period is started will be varied throughout the mission. The scientific investigation and the sensors and electronics used for making the atmospheric measurement are discussed.

1 TRW Defense and Space Systems Group, Redondo Beach, Calif. 91778.

2 National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. 80303. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

3 Martin Marietta Aerospace, Denver, Colo. 80201.

4 NASA/Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. 23665.

5 University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. 98105.

The Viking Meteorology Experiment is one of nine experiments to be carried out on the surface of Mars by each of two Viking Landers positioned at different latitudes and longitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. The meteorology experiment will measure pressure, temperature, wind speed, and wind direction at 1½ h intervals throughout the Martian day. The duration of each measurement period, the interval between data samples for a measurement period, and the time at which the measurement period is started will be varied throughout the mission. The scientific investigation and the sensors and electronics used for making the atmospheric measurement are discussed.

1 TRW Defense and Space Systems Group, Redondo Beach, Calif. 91778.

2 National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. 80303. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

3 Martin Marietta Aerospace, Denver, Colo. 80201.

4 NASA/Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. 23665.

5 University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. 98105.

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