Interpretation of the 3-to 4-Micron Infrared Spectrum of Mars

Science  06 Sep 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3584, pp. 923-927
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3584.923


Infrared reflection spectra have been recorded for a large number of inorganic and organic samples, including minerals and biological specimens, for the purpose of interpreting the 3-to 4-µ spectrum of Mars. A previous suggestion that the Martian bands indicated the presence of carbohydrates is shown not to be a required conclusion. However, no satisfactory explanation is advanced and the problem remains unresolved.