Solar Mesosphere Explorer

Solar Mesosphere Explorer Solar Mesosphere Explorer

Solar Mesosphere Explorer. Image Credit: NASA/JPL
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Mission Summary

The Solar Mesosphere Explorer was an Earth-orbiting spacecraft designed to investigate the processes that create and destroy the ozone in Earth's upper atmosphere, or mesosphere. It returned data until April 4, 1989 and reentered Earth's atmosphere nearly a year later.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Infrared radiometer
- Visible nitrogen dioxide
- Solar ultraviolet monitor
- Solar proton alarm detector


Acronym: SME
 
Type: Orbiter
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: October 06, 1981
 
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
 
Mission End Date: April 04, 1989
 
Target: Earth
 
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