Space Science Reviews

, Volume 150, Issue 1, pp 209–241

The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter Investigation on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission

  • David E. Smith
  • Maria T. Zuber
  • Glenn B. Jackson
  • John F. Cavanaugh
  • Gregory A. Neumann
  • Haris Riris
  • Xiaoli Sun
  • Ronald S. Zellar
  • Craig Coltharp
  • Joseph Connelly
  • Richard B. Katz
  • Igor Kleyner
  • Peter Liiva
  • Adam Matuszeski
  • Erwan M. Mazarico
  • Jan F. McGarry
  • Anne-Marie Novo-Gradac
  • Melanie N. Ott
  • Carlton Peters
  • Luis A. Ramos-Izquierdo
  • Lawrence Ramsey
  • David D. Rowlands
  • Stephen Schmidt
  • V. Stanley ScottIII
  • George B. Shaw
  • James C. Smith
  • Joseph-Paul Swinski
  • Mark H. Torrence
  • Glenn Unger
  • Anthony W. Yu
  • Thomas W. Zagwodzki
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11214-009-9512-y

Cite this article as:
Smith, D.E., Zuber, M.T., Jackson, G.B. et al. Space Sci Rev (2010) 150: 209. doi:10.1007/s11214-009-9512-y

Abstract

The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) is an instrument on the payload of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft (LRO) (Chin et al., in Space Sci. Rev. 129:391–419, 2007). The instrument is designed to measure the shape of the Moon by measuring precisely the range from the spacecraft to the lunar surface, and incorporating precision orbit determination of LRO, referencing surface ranges to the Moon’s center of mass. LOLA has 5 beams and operates at 28 Hz, with a nominal accuracy of 10 cm. Its primary objective is to produce a global geodetic grid for the Moon to which all other observations can be precisely referenced.

Keywords

MoonShapeSpace instrumentationTopography

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Smith
    • 1
  • Maria T. Zuber
    • 2
  • Glenn B. Jackson
    • 3
  • John F. Cavanaugh
    • 3
  • Gregory A. Neumann
    • 1
  • Haris Riris
    • 1
  • Xiaoli Sun
    • 1
  • Ronald S. Zellar
    • 3
  • Craig Coltharp
    • 3
  • Joseph Connelly
    • 3
  • Richard B. Katz
    • 3
  • Igor Kleyner
    • 3
  • Peter Liiva
    • 5
  • Adam Matuszeski
    • 3
  • Erwan M. Mazarico
    • 1
  • Jan F. McGarry
    • 1
  • Anne-Marie Novo-Gradac
    • 3
  • Melanie N. Ott
    • 3
  • Carlton Peters
    • 3
  • Luis A. Ramos-Izquierdo
    • 3
  • Lawrence Ramsey
    • 3
  • David D. Rowlands
    • 1
  • Stephen Schmidt
    • 3
  • V. Stanley ScottIII
    • 1
  • George B. Shaw
    • 3
  • James C. Smith
    • 3
  • Joseph-Paul Swinski
    • 1
  • Mark H. Torrence
    • 4
  • Glenn Unger
    • 3
  • Anthony W. Yu
    • 3
  • Thomas W. Zagwodzki
    • 1
  1. 1.Solar System Exploration DivisionNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Advanced Engineering Technology DirectorateNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  4. 4.Stinger Ghaffarian TechnologiesGreenbeltUSA
  5. 5.Sigma Space CorporationLanhamUSA