Publication: Seasonal and interannual variability of solar radiation at Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity landing sites
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Universidad Complutense de Madrid
In this article we characterize the radiative environment at the landing sites of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) missions. We use opacity values obtained at the surface from direct imaging of the Sun and our radiative transfer model COMIMART to analyze the seasonal and interannual variability of the daily irradiation at the MER and MSL landing sites. In addition, we analyze the behavior of the direct and diffuse components of the solar radiation at these landing sites.
© 2017. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. This work has been partially supported by the research projects AYA2011-29967-C05-02 and CGL2011-25327. The author A. Vicente Retortillo wishes to acknowledge the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) for the granted FPI fellowship (BES-2012-059241).