Accession Number : AD0622361

Title :   NEWS ABOUT MERCURY (CARBON DIOXIDE HAS BEEN REVEALED IN THIS PLANET'S ATMOSPHERE).

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Report Date : 08 OCT 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Vasiliy Moroz, while observing Mercury made a new and interesting discovery. He investigated the farinfrared region of the spectrum of Mercury on long waves, 1.1 - 3.9 microns. No photo plates are sensitive to these rays, and the spectrum was not photographed, but recorded by a photoelectric spectrometer connected to a 125 cm telescope reflector. An analysis of the recordings revealed a band of carbon dioxide at wavelengths of 1.575 - 1.606 microns. Calculations showed that 5.2 grams of carbon dioxide was contained over each square centimeter of Mercury's surface. The atmospheric pressure on the planet was established: 1.9 milibars.

Descriptors :   (*MERCURY(PLANET), PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES), (*PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES, CARBON DIOXIDE), ASTRONOMY, SPECTROSCOPY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE