Apollo 16 Far-Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph: Earth Observations

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Science  01 Sep 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4051, pp. 788-791
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4051.788


A far-ultraviolet camera/spectograph experiment was operated on the lunar surface during the Apollo 16 mission. Among the data obtained were images and spectra of the terrestrial atmosphere and geocorona in the wavelength range below 1600 angstroms. These gave the spatial distributions and relative intensities of emissions due to atomic hydrogen, atomic oxygen, molecular nitrogen, and other species—some observed spectrographically for the first time.