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Lunar surface mass distribution from dynamical point-mass solution

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Combined efforts of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Aerospace Corporation have provided a front side lunar gravity field using the Doppler tracking data from the United States Lunar Orbiters IV and V. Data reduction was accomplished with a model which included all dynamical motion due to gravitational perturbations, as well as all tracking geometries. The field is represented as a grid of 580 surface mass points which are contoured and show correlations with various lunar surface features.

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This paper presents the results of one phase of research carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under Contract No. NAS 7-100, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Sjogren, W.L., Muller, P.M., Gottlieb, P. et al. Lunar surface mass distribution from dynamical point-mass solution. The Moon 2, 338–353 (1971). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00561885

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  • Mass Distribution
  • Gravity Field
  • Mass Point
  • Front Side
  • Tracking Data