designated areas. The aircraft underflights included LITE Experiment Studies Atmosphere from Space two instrumented aircraft from the United States, one First there was "lite" beer, then "lite" food products, from Canada, and two from Europe. now there is the LITE experiment. Similar to the manner in which the word "lite" introduced a new era in advertising low-calorie food and beverage products, MAHRSI to Measure Atmospheric Chemicals NASA's Langley Research Center's LITE (Lidar In- In an effort to gain a better understanding of the space Technology Experiment) experiment is ex- processes that create and destroy ozone in the atmo- pected to usher in a new era in remote sensing from sphere, the National Research Laboratory will launch space and possibly answer many atmospheric ques- an instrument to measure one of two key trace species tions that have puzzled climate modelers for years. of chemical gases in the middle atmosphere. The LITE was the primary payload on the Space Shuttle Middle Atmosphere High Resolution Spectrograph Discovery launched 9 September 1994. Designed and Investigation (MAHRSI), scheduled for launch on 27 built at Langley, LITE is the first use of a lidar (Light October 1994, will make the first global measure- Detection and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 1994
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