The Meaning of the Lunar Laser Ranging Experimental Results for Gravitational Theory

  • K. NordtvedtJr.
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 94)


The theoretical significance for gravitation of the lunar laser ranging experimental results (see Alley, 1982, in this volume, for a summary of these and for additional references) can be stated at several different conceptual levels. These include:
  1. 1)

    a highly accurate Eötvüs experiment;

  2. 2)

    “Gravity pulls on gravity;”

  3. 3)

    measuring gravity’s non-linearity; and

  4. 4)

    confirming General Relativity’s post-Newtonian gravitational vector potential and full non-linear potential.



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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. NordtvedtJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.BozemanUSA

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