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The ATMOS Instrument on Board the Space Shuttle

The ATMOS instrument has flown four times on the Space Shuttle since 1985. The predecessor to ATMOS, flown on aircraft and high altitude balloon platforms, was born in the early 1970s out of concern for the effects of Super Sonic Transport exhaust products on the ozone layer. The experiment was redesigned for the Space Shuttle when the potential for ozone destruction by man-made chlorofluorocarbons was discovered and the need for global measurements became crucial. The investigation is conducted by JPL under the sponsorship of the Upper Atmospheric Office at NASA.

ATMOS Integration on the Shuttle

Spacelab 3
April 1985

March 1992

April 1993

November 1994


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