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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment

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The Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will be the first instrument to systematically map the global thermal state of the Moon and its diurnal and seasonal variability. Diviner will measure reflected solar and emitted infrared radiation in nine spectral channels with wavelengths ranging from 0.3 to 400 microns. The resulting measurements will enable characterization of the lunar thermal environment, mapping surface properties such as thermal inertia, rock abundance and silicate mineralogy, and determination of the locations and temperatures of volatile cold traps in the lunar polar regions.

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Paige, D.A., Foote, M.C., Greenhagen, B.T. et al. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment. Space Sci Rev 150, 125–160 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-009-9529-2

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Keywords

  • Moon
  • Lunar
  • Diviner
  • Thermal
  • Radiometer
  • Mapping
  • Temperature
  • Infrared
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • LRO
  • Reconnaissance Orbiter