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Science China Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy

, Volume 53, Issue 12, pp 2179–2187 | Cite as

Geologic investigation and mapping of the Sinus Iridum quadrangle from Clementine, SELENE, and Chang’e-1 data

  • ShengBo ChenEmail author
  • ZhiGuo Meng
  • TengFei Cui
  • Yi Lian
  • JingRan Wang
  • XuQing Zhang
Research Paper

Abstract

The objectives of lunar satellite remote sensing are to study lunar surface characteristics, inner structure, and its evolution history. The contents of TiO2 and FeO are assessed from Clementine UV/VIS data for Sinus Iridum. The geologic stratigraphic units and crates are interpreted visually based on SELENE Terrain Camera (TC) images and the spatial resolution of which is up to 10 m. And the geologic ages of different stratigraphic units are calculated by the crater size-frequency distributions measurements. The gravity anomaly is generated from SELENE gravity model (SGM90d) to show its difference from Mare Imbrium. Furthermore, the thickness of lunar regolith is also derived from microwave radiometer data of Chang’e-1 satellite. Integrating these results, it shows that the Sinus Iridum is different from the Mare Imbrium in inner structure and surface sedimentation. And its history of subsidence, deposition, volcanism, and impact is described. It makes sense to the future soft-landing and sampling at potential Sinus Iridum by remote sensing geologic analysis.

Keywords

Sinus Iridum geologic remtoe sensing investigation and mapping Clementine SELENE Chang’e-1 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • ShengBo Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • ZhiGuo Meng
    • 1
  • TengFei Cui
    • 1
  • Yi Lian
    • 1
  • JingRan Wang
    • 1
  • XuQing Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Geoexploration Science and TechnologyJilin UniversityChangchunChina

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