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First detection of atmospheric carbon dioxide

Date: 29 November 2016
Satellite: Trace Gas Orbiter
Copyright: ESA/Roscosmos/ExoMars/ACS/IKI

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's Atmospheric Chemistry Suite made test measurements of the martian atmosphere on 22 November 2016 at thermal-infrared wavelengths. Such measurements will provide information on dust and ice particles, temperature profiles and concentration of gases. The inset zooms in to part of the graph with a carbon dioxide feature characteristic of the atmospheric structure, which will be useful in probing the thermal structure of the atmosphere.

The data were collected as part of an eight-day campaign to test the orbiter's science instruments for the first time since arriving at the Red Planet on 19 October 2016.


Last Update: 29 November 2016

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