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Laser System to Measure Air Pollution from Space Station

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A laser system aboard the International Space Station will help scientists track pollution in the atmosphere. The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), to be launched later this year, will measure atmospheric particles using photodetectors and near-infrared (1064 nm), visible (532 nm) and UV (355 nm) lasers firing at 5000 pulses per second. The device is intended to operate for at least six months and up to three years aboard the Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility, augmenting measurements gathered by NASA’s CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder...Read full article

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