Rocket ultraviolet spectroscopy of comet Halley and abundance of carbon monoxide and carbon

@article{Woods1986RocketUS,
  title={Rocket ultraviolet spectroscopy of comet Halley and abundance of carbon monoxide and carbon},
  author={Thomas N. Woods and Paul D. Feldman and Kenneth F. Dymond and David J. Sahnow},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1986},
  volume={324},
  pages={436-438}
}
The ultraviolet spectrum of a comet's coma is dominated by emissions from the dissociation products of water, OH, H and O, and from secondary species: C, C+, CO, CO+, CO+2, S, and CS (ref. 1). We report here two far ultraviolet observations of comet Halley made on 26 February 1986 and 13 March 1986 with a sounding rocket experiment. This is the first time that long-slit spectroscopy, a standard technique for the study of extended objects such as comets and nebulae, has been applied to the far… 

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