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Summary of the results from the lunar orbiter laser altimeter after seven years in lunar orbit

Smith, David E. and Zuber, Maria T. and Neumann, Gregory A. and Mazarico, Erwan and Lemoine, Frank G. and Head III, James W. and Lucey, P.G. and Aharonson, Oded and Robinson, Mark S. and Sun, Xiaoli and Torrence, Mark H. and Barker, Michael and Oberst, Juergen and Duxbury, Thomas C. and Mao, Dandan and Barnouin, Olivier S. and Jha, Kopal and Rowlands, David D. and Goossens, Sander and Baker, David and Bauer, Sven and Gläser, Philipp and Lemelin, Myriam and Rosenburg, Margaret and Sori, Michael M. and Whitten, Jennifer and Mcclanahan, Timothy (2017) Summary of the results from the lunar orbiter laser altimeter after seven years in lunar orbit. Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies, 283, 70 - 91. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.06.006 ISSN 0019-1035

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103516302810

Abstract

In June 2009 the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft was launched to the Moon. The payload consists of 7 science instruments selected to characterize sites for future robotic and human missions. Among them, the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) was designed to obtain altimetry, surface roughness, and reflectance measurements. The primary phase of lunar exploration lasted one year, following a 3-month commissioning phase. On completion of its exploration objectives, the LRO mission transitioned to a science mission. After 7 years in lunar orbit, the LOLA instrument continues to map the lunar surface. The LOLA dataset is one of the foundational datasets acquired by the various LRO instruments. LOLA provided a high-accuracy global geodetic reference frame to which past, present and future lunar observations can be referenced. It also obtained high-resolution and accurate global topography that were used to determine regions in permanent shadow at the lunar poles. LOLA further contributed to the study of polar volatiles through its unique measurement of surface brightness at zero phase, which revealed anomalies in several polar craters that may indicate the presence of water ice. In this paper, we describe the many LOLA accomplishments to date and its contribution to lunar and planetary science.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119104/
Document Type:Article
Title:Summary of the results from the lunar orbiter laser altimeter after seven years in lunar orbit
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Smith, David E.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USAUNSPECIFIED
Zuber, Maria T.Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USAUNSPECIFIED
Neumann, Gregory A.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USAUNSPECIFIED
Mazarico, ErwanGoddard Space Flight Center, NASA, MD USAUNSPECIFIED
Lemoine, Frank G.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 690, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USAUNSPECIFIED
Head III, James W.Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI, USAUNSPECIFIED
Lucey, P.G.Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USAUNSPECIFIED
Aharonson, OdedDepartment of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, IsraelUNSPECIFIED
Robinson, Mark S.School of Earth and Space Exploration, Box 871404, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287, USAUNSPECIFIED
Sun, XiaoliNASA GoddardUNSPECIFIED
Torrence, Mark H.Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., 7701 Greenbelt Road, Suite 400, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770, USAUNSPECIFIED
Barker, MichaelSigma Space Corporation, Lanham, MD 20706, USAUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, Juergenjuergen.oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Duxbury, Thomas C.George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030UNSPECIFIED
Mao, DandanSigma Space Corporation, MD USAUNSPECIFIED
Barnouin, Olivier S.Planetary Exploration Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD 21044UNSPECIFIED
Jha, KopalSigma Space Corporation, Lanham, MD 20706, USAUNSPECIFIED
Rowlands, David D.Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USAUNSPECIFIED
Goossens, SanderCenter for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, 21250 MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Baker, DavidSolar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USAUNSPECIFIED
Bauer, Svensven.bauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gläser, PhilippTU Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Lemelin, MyriamHawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USAUNSPECIFIED
Rosenburg, MargaretDivision of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USAUNSPECIFIED
Sori, Michael M.Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USAUNSPECIFIED
Whitten, JenniferCenter for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, USAUNSPECIFIED
Mcclanahan, TimothySolar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USAUNSPECIFIED
Date:February 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:283
DOI :10.1016/j.icarus.2016.06.006
Page Range:70 - 91
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0019-1035
Status:Published
Keywords:Moon, surface, orbit determination, LOLA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Wählisch, Marita
Deposited On:19 Mar 2018 11:13
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 11:13

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