Measure of the Moon

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Selenodesy and Lunar Topography held in the University of Manchester, England May 30 – June 4, 1966

  • Zdeněk Kopal
  • Constantine L. Goudas
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Librations of the Moon

  3. Selenodetic Observations and Measurements

About these proceedings


After many decades spent in astronomical semi-obscurity, the Moon has of late suddenly emerged to claim renewed interest on the part of the students of astronomy, as well as of other branches of physical science and technology; and the reasons which brought this about are indeed of historical significance. From time immemorial, astronomy has been debarred from the status of a gen­ uine experimental science by the utter remoteness of the objects of its study. With the exception of meteors - those small freaks of cosmic matter intercepted by the Earth on its perpetual journey through space - the properties of all celestial bodies outside the gravitational confines of our planet could be studied only at a distance: namely, from the effect of attraction exerted by their masses; or from the ciphered message of their light brought to us by nimble-footed photons across the intervening gaps of space. A dramatic emergence of long-range rockets in the last decade bids fair to bring about a profound change in this situation. On September 13, 1959 - a memorable date in the history of human endeavour - a man-made missile of Russian origin crash­ landed on the surface of the Moon in the region of its Mare Imbrium, and thus ended the age-long separation of the Earth and its only natural satellite which lasted not less than 4t billion years.


LOPES Libration gravitation solar

Authors and affiliations

  • Zdeněk Kopal
    • 1
  • Constantine L. Goudas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of ManchesterUSA
  2. 2.Boeing Scientific Research LaboratoriesSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1967
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3531-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-3529-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
  • About this book