Scientific Applications of Lunar Laser Ranging

Proceedings of a Symposium Held in Austin, Tex., U.S.A., 8 – 10 June, 1976

  • J. Derral Mulholland
  • Creighton A. Burk
  • Eric C. Silverberg

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Maurice Ewing and the Exploration of the Oceans

    1. James Dorman, Gary V. Latham
      Pages 1-8
  3. Mathematical Modelling of Lunar Laser Measures and their Application to Improvement of Physical Parameters

  4. Lunar Science

  5. Gravitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. I. I. Shapiro, C. C. Counselman III, R. W. King
      Pages 89-89
  6. Geophysics and Geodesy

About these proceedings

Introduction

The progress of science during the past centuries has been in some measure energized by the development of new technologies. People are no more intelligent now than they were five centuries ago, or indeed five millenia ago. The differences are in the pool of past experience and the availability of means for manipulating the physical and mental environment. Until fairly recently, the development of new technologies in astronomy and geodesy has served primarily either to broaden the scope of phenomena that could be studied or to improve the precision with which one could examine already-studied phenomena. There seemed to be no likelihood that a situation could arise similar to that in particle physics, where the uncertainty principle indicates that the observation of the state of an object alters that state, affecting the observation. Indeed, we have not yet reached that point, but certain of the new techniques have introduced a degree of complication and inter­ dependence perhaps not previously encountered in the macro­ sciences. When observational capability is so fine that the data can be corrupted by the tidal motions of the instruments, for example, then there are a myriad of physical effects that must be considered in analyzing the data; the happy aspect of this is that the data can be used to study exactly these same effects. The complication does not, however, extend only to predictive computations against which the data are compared.

Keywords

Libration astronomy gravitation interferometry

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Derral Mulholland
    • 1
  • Creighton A. Burk
    • 2
  • Eric C. Silverberg
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas Marine Science InstituteUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas McDonald ObservatoryUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-1208-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1210-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1208-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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