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  • Vol. 69, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1979
  • pp: 1180–1183

Skylab—Earth laser-beacon experiment: results and analysis

Jack L. Bufton, Louis O. Caudill, Thomas E. McGunigal, and Kenneth R. Piech  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 69, Issue 8, pp. 1180-1183 (1979)

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Photographs of a ground-based laser beacon were taken by astronauts on board the Skylab spacecraft. Unexpected large and elliptical laser-beam images were recorded. The photographic results are presented and discussed in terms of possible atmospheric scattering mechanisms. Current beacon experiments with the Landsat spacecraft are also discussed.

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Jack L. Bufton, Louis O. Caudill, Thomas E. McGunigal, and Kenneth R. Piech, "Skylab—Earth laser-beacon experiment: results and analysis," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1180-1183 (1979)

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