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NASA Releases First Lunar Data Set From SAGE III Mission

NASA has publicly released the first set of lunar data from the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III mission launched on the International Space Station last year.

The space agency said Friday its Atmospheric Science Data Center offers the public access to information about measurements of ozone and nitrogen trioxide in the atmosphere after sunset.

In October, NASA also published solar data from the SAGE III instrument.

SAGE III employs a lunar occultation method to record the presence of NO3 in the atmosphere without sunlight that causes concentration levels of the gas to drop close to zero.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies produced the SAGE III system for researchers to study profiles of aerosols and gases such as Earth’s ozone, which filters ultraviolet radiation in the upper atmosphere.

NASA said it plans to release data on solar occultation water vapor records and lunar occultation nitrogen dioxide measurements on a monthly basis.

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