Interferometer Experiment on Nimbus 3: Preliminary Results

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Science  19 Sep 1969:
Vol. 165, Issue 3899, pp. 1258-1260
DOI: 10.1126/science.165.3899.1258


A Michelson interferometer spectrometer carried aboard the Nimbus 3 satellite, launched 14 April 1969, measured the spectrum between 400 and 2000 wave numbers with a resolution of 5 wave numbers. High-quality spectra have been obtained on a global scale, and preliminary results indicate that the absorption bands of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and ozone can be used to obtain vertical distributions of temperature, water vapor, and ozone.

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