Accession Number : ADA251059

Title :   Polar Mesospheric Cloud Experiment.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jun 86-30 Sep 90,

Corporate Author : COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER LAB FOR ATMOSPHERIC AND SPACE PHYSICS

Personal Author(s) : Thomas, Gary E.

Report Date : 28 APR 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : We designed a satellite complement of remote sounding experiments whose objective was to determine the properties of Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMC) and their atmospheric environment. These high-altitude clouds form an important natural background phenomenon against which optical detection of rocket plumes must be detected and measured. We also performed analyses of existing satellite data on PMC and developed a microphysical model of mesospheric cloud evolution. An outgrowth of this program was the design and construction of an instrument which will be flown in a sounding rocket experiment to study the polarization properties of scattered light from PMC. Polar Mesospheric Clouds, Optical Detection, Remote Sensing.

Descriptors :   *CLOUDS, *OPTICAL DETECTION, *MESOSPHERE, *ROCKET EXHAUST, ALTITUDE, BACKGROUND, DETECTION, ENVIRONMENTS, HIGH ALTITUDE, LIGHT, MODELS, PLUMES, POLARIZATION, ROCKETS, SOUNDING, SOUNDING ROCKETS, REMOTE DETECTION, METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE