Overview of the Martian atmospheric submillimetre sounder FIRE

Yasuko Kasai, Hideo Sagawa, Takeshi Kuroda, Takeshi Manabe, Satoshi Ochiai, Ken Ichi Kikuchi, Toshiyuki Nishibori, Philippe Baron, Jana Mendrok, Paul Hartogh, Donal Murtagh, Joachim Urban, Fredrik Von Schéele, Urban Frisk

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We propose a submillimetre-wave atmospheric emission sounding instrument, called Far-InfraRed Experiment (FIRE), for the Japanese Martian exploration programme Mars Exploration with Lander-Orbiter Synergy (MELOS). The scientific target of FIRE/MELOS is to understand the dust suspended meteorology of the Mars. FIRE will provide key meteorological parameters, such as atmospheric temperature profiles for outside and inside dust storms, the abundance profile of the atmospheric compositions and their isotopes, and wind velocity profiles. FIRE will also provide the local time dependency of these parameters. The observational sensitivity of FIRE/MELOS is discussed in this paper. FIRE will explore the meteorological system of the Martian atmosphere including the interaction between its surface and atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-82
Number of pages21
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr


  • Chemistry
  • Dynamics
  • Mars
  • Meteorology
  • Submillimetre
  • Water


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