We present the scientific case to build a multiple-wavelength, active, near-infrared (NIR) instrument to measure the reflected intensity and polarization characteristics of backscattered radiation from planetary surfaces and atmospheres. We focus on the ability of such an instrument to enhance, perhaps revolutionize, our understanding of climate, volatiles and astrobiological potential of modern-day Mars.
|Title||The case for a modern multiwavelength, polarization-sensitive LIDAR in orbit around Mars|
|Authors||Adrian J. Brown, Timothy I. Michaels, Shane Byrne, Wenbo Sun, Timothy N. Titus, Anthony Colaprete, Michael J. Wolff, Gorden Videen, Christian J. Grund|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Astrogeology Science Center|