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ADEOS TOMS total ozone for September 12, 1996
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Most recent global image of ozone concentration
News story originally written on September 16, 1996

NASA's instrument Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) aboard Japanese Advanced Earth Orbiting Satellite (ADEOS) has provided the most recent image showing the total ozone concentration. Ozone is a chemical that forms a protecting layer between ourselves and dangerous solar radiation.

With this measurement ADEOS satellite has thus resumed the TOMS total ozone and volcanic sulfur dioxide observations that were suspended when the last TOMS on Russian Meteor-3 satellite ceased functioning in December 1994. The first ever measurement of ozone with TOMS was made in 1978 from Nimbus-7 satellite.

Another TOMS instrument aboard recently launched NASA TOMS-Earth Probe spacecraft is providing high resolution images of atmospheric features related to human and natural activities.


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