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Thermal Emission Spectrometer

The Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) is an instrument on board Mars Global Surveyor. TES collects two types of data, hyperspectral thermal infrared data from 6 to 50 micrometers (μm) and bolometric visible-NIR (0.3 to 2.9 μm) measurements. TES has six detectors arranged in a 2x3 array, and each detector has a field of view of approximately 3 × 6 km on the surface of Mars. The TES instrument uses the natural harmonic vibrations of the chemical bonds in materials to determine the composition of gases, liquids, and solids.

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  • Christensen, P. R.; Bandfield, J. L.; Hamilton, V. E.; Ruff, S. W.; Kieffer, H. H.; Titus, T. N.; Malin, M. C.; Morris, R. V.; Lane, M. D.; Clark, R. L.; Jakosky, B. M.; Mellon, M. T.; Pearl, J. C.; Conrath, B. J.; Smith, M. D.; Clancy, R. T.; Kuzmin, R. O.; Roush, T.; Mehall, G. L.; Gorelick, N.; Bender, K.; Murray, K.; Dason, S.; Greene, E.; Silverman, S.; Greenfield, M. (2001). "Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer experiment: Investigation description and surface science results". Journal of Geophysical Research 106 (E10): 23823-23872. doi:10.1029/2000JE001370.
  • Bandfield J. L., Hamilton V. E., Christensen P. R. (2000). "A global view of Martian surface compositions from MGS-TES". Science 287 (5458): 1626-1630. doi:10.1126/science.287.5458.1626.

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