Space Science Reviews

, Volume 150, Issue 1, pp 209–241

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

Authors

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

Moon Shape Space instrumentation Topography

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