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Seasonal and interannual variability of solar radiation at Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity landing sites



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Vicente Retortillo, Álvaro and Lemmon, Mark T. and Martínez, Germán M. and Valero Rodríguez, Francisco and Vázquez, Luis and Martín, María Luisa (2016) Seasonal and interannual variability of solar radiation at Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity landing sites. Física de la tierra, 28 . pp. 111-127. ISSN 0214-4557 (Print)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5209/rev_FITE.2016.v28.53900


In this article we characterize the radiative environment at the landing sites of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) missions. We use opacity values obtained at the surface from direct imaging of the Sun and our radiative transfer model COMIMART to analyze the seasonal and interannual variability of the daily irradiation at the MER and MSL landing sites. In addition, we analyze the behavior of the direct and diffuse components of the solar radiation at these landing sites.

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© 2017. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. This work has been partially supported by the research projects AYA2011-29967-C05-02 and CGL2011-25327. The author A. Vicente Retortillo wishes to acknowledge the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) for the granted FPI fellowship (BES-2012-059241).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Optical depth; Martian atmosphere; Boundary-layer; Mars aerosol; Surface; Ultraviolet; Opacity; Budget; Ice
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:42447
Deposited On:08 May 2017 10:28
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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