Solar radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere with a portion being scattered by clouds and aerosols.

Processing, archiving and distributing Earth science data
at the NASA Langley Research Center


Spatial Coverage: 
60N to 60S Lat. to 180E to 180W Lon.
Temporal Coverage: 
09/10/1994 - 09/19/1994

Lidar In-space Technology Experiment (LITE) used a laser, a telescope approximately 1 meter in diameter, and a modular design. The system was used to study clouds, tropospheric and stratospheric aerosols, characteristics of the planetary boundary layer, stratospheric density and temperature perturbations, and to some degree, surface topography.