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The studies of the Martian atmosphere and climate have been long time identified as the primaryscientific goal of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) , which is the follow up of the Mars Science Orbiter concept .
Precision optical alignment capability across a range from the UV to the far-IR and a lighterweight design have long given hollow retroreflectors an advantage over their solid cousins (retroreflector prisms) in boresighting, laser tracking, rangefinding, diverse laboratory applications and even space-based spectrometers.
Boresighting refers to the procedure of aligning hardware line-of-sight to an aiming device. In military and aerospace terms, this can apply to applications such as weaponry, from small rifles to artillery, tank and aircraft fire control systems, or long-range cameras mounted on satellites.
Applications such as boresighting, beam alignment and beam delivery require the critical alignment of one optical axis or line of sight with another. In these applications, the beams must be parallel to each other with a high degree of accuracy, in some cases better than one second of arc.
When two separate bundles of parallel light beams having the same characteristic wavelength and propagation are combined, the combination of the bundles causes a phenomenon called light interference. To create such an interference, Michelson used two mirrors at 90° and a beamsplitter to separate the beams and recombine them. Figure 1 is a schematic of the classical Michelson interferometer.