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Absolute Ultraviolet Irradiance of the Moon from the LASP Lunar Albedo Measurement and Analysis from SOLSTICE (LLAMAS) Project

  • Martin Snow
  • Gregory M. Holsclaw
  • William E. McClintock
  • Tom Woods
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Part of the ISSI Scientific Report Series book series (ISSI, volume 13)

Abstract

The Moon has been shown to be an extremely stable radiometric reference for calibration and long-term stability measurements of on-orbit sensors. The majority of the previous work on characterizing the lunar reflectance has been in the visible part of the spectrum using ground-based lunar images. The SOLar-STellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (SOLSTICE) on the SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) can be used to extend the lunar spectral irradiance dataset to include the 115–300 nm range. SOLSTICE can directly measure both the solar and lunar spectra from orbit, using the same optics and detectors. An observing campaign to map out the reflectance as a function of phase angle began in mid 2006 and continued through 2010. The geometry of SORCE’s orbit is very favorable for lunar observations, and we have measurements spanning a range 0–170 in phase angle. In addition to Earth Observing Systems using the Moon for calibration, recent planetary missions have also made ultraviolet observations of the Moon during Earth flyby, and these SOLSTICE measurements can be useful in calibrating the absolute responsivity of those instruments as well.

Keywords

Phase Angle Lunar Surface Convolution Kernel Exit Slit Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Snow
    • 1
  • Gregory M. Holsclaw
    • 1
  • William E. McClintock
    • 1
  • Tom Woods
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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