The 1999 Leonid Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign — An Early Review [chapter]

Peter Jenniskens, Steven J. Butow, Mark Fonda
2000 Leonid Storm Research  
The Leonid meteor storm of 1999 was observed from two B707-type research aircraft by a team of 35 scientists of seven nationalities over the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 18, 1999. The mission was sponsored by various science programs of NASA, and offered the best possible observing conditions, free of clouds and at a prime location for viewing the storm. The 1999 mission followed a similar effort in 1998, improving upon mission strategy and scope. As before, spectroscopic and imaging experiments
more » ... aging experiments targeted meteors and persistent trains, but also airglow, aurora, elves and sprites. The research aimed to address outstanding questions in Planetary Science, Astronomy, Astrobiology and upper atmospheric research, including Aeronomie. In addition, near real-time flux measurements contributed to a USAF sponsored program for space weather awareness. An overview of the first results is given, which are discussed in preparation for future missions.
doi:10.1007/978-94-017-2071-7_1 fatcat:kffzd6vgenetrk5iu25pd3bsgi