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The TIRVIM Fourier-spectrometer, sensitive to the thermal infrared band, is part of the Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS) instrument. TIRVIM includes three detectors and is designed to operate in several modes: solar occultation, and nadir observations during daytime and night time. Its main scientific goal is to monitor temperature profiles and measure aerosol content during nadir observations.
The European Space Agency's Mars Express, which was scheduled to reach Mars on Christmas Day, is expected to collect the most detailed measurements of that planet to date. Besides solving the mystery of why Mars appears to lack the ferric oxides that had been believed to be the source of its characteristic hue, it is hoped that the spacecraft's orbiter will answer questions about the potential for past or present life, using H2O data from the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer.