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Ultraviolet investigations for lunar missions

Advances in Astronautical Sciences

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Francis Narin

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Abstract

Preliminary field tests of an active ultraviolet imaging system have shown that it is possible to produce linages of the terrain from distances as great as 75 feet by means of reflected ultraviolet light at wavelengths longer than 3300 A. Minerals that luminesce when exposed to ultraviolet energy have been detected from distances as great as 200 feet. With appropriate design modifications, it may be possible to utilize a similar system in detecting luminescing minerals from greater distances. Also, with a similar system and appropriate auxiliary equipment such as image intensifiers, it may be possible to discriminate between naturally occurring materials on the basis of reflected ultraviolet energy at wavelengths shorter than 3000 A. In this part of the spectrum image contrast for some rock types may exceed that from visible light. Information from these and related ultraviolet spectralanalysis studies may be useful in evaluating data obtained from passive ultraviolet systems in lunar orbit as well as from active systems on the lunar surface.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Ultraviolet investigations for lunar missions
Series title:
Advances in Astronautical Sciences
Volume
20
Year Published:
1966
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Astronautical Society
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Description:
21 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Advances in Astronautical Sciences
First page:
397
Last page:
415