Mars: Microwave Detection of Carbon Monoxide

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Science  03 Jun 1977:
Vol. 196, Issue 4294, pp. 1090-1091
DOI: 10.1126/science.196.4294.1090


The 115-gigahertz microwave line of carbon monoxide has been detected in the spectrum of Mars. The measurement is sensitive to carbon monoxide between the surface and an altitude of approximately 50 kilometers in the martian atmosphere. This extends the altitude region to well above that previously sensed.