NASA Pandora Project
Welcome to the NASA Pandora project, part of the Pandonia Global Network. This project uses spectroscopy to study ultraviolet (UV) and visible wavelengths of light to determine the composition of the atmosphere and its interactions with Earth’s environment.
The Pandora Spectrometer System was designed to specifically look at levels of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde in the atmosphere. What makes the Pandora unique from other ground-based networks at NASA is that it can measure total column profiles, observing different layers of the atmosphere at once.
Goals of the Pandora Project
- To develop high-quality, low-cost spectrometer systems with research-grade performance.
- To deploy and distribute a network of systems to measure air quality and validate satellite retrievals.
- To develop a database of total column atmospheric profiles on a worldwide scale.
- Connect communities with standardized data products to support their research goals.
The Pandora Instrument
Pictured above is the most recent model of the Pandora being tested at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Before the system is sent off on scientific field campaigns, it is calibrated and tested in the lab at GSFC. The team ensures that all parts of the system are working properly by monitoring its performance.