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Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using high resolution Digital Terrain Models from LOLA

Gläser, P. and Scholten, F. and De Rosa, D. and Figuera, R.M. and Oberst, J. and Mazarico, E. and Neumann, G. and Robinson, M. S. (2014) Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using high resolution Digital Terrain Models from LOLA. Icarus, 243, pp. 79-90. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.013 ISSN 0019-1035

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Abstract

The illumination conditions of the lunar south pole are investigated using a geometrically adjusted, 20 m/pixel Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from laser tracks of the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). Several comparisons with Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) images have been made to cross-validate the results. Illumination conditions were first evaluated over a region of 20 x 20 km over a one-year period (October 22, 2018 - October 22, 2019) at surface level and 2 m above ground. Three potential landing sites are investigated in more detail. A 19-year study covering the lunar precessional cycle was carried out at surface level, 2 and 10 m above ground for a site found at "Connecting Ridge", the ridge connecting the Shackleton and de Gerlache crater. This area was found to be an ideal site for future landing missions with respect to illumination conditions. We identified locations receiving sunlight for 92.27% of the time at 2 m above ground and 95.65% of the time at 10 m above ground. At these locations the longest continuous periods in darkness are typically only 3-5 days. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/94240/
Document Type:Article
Title:Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using high resolution Digital Terrain Models from LOLA
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gläser, P.Technical University Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Scholten, F.frank.scholten (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
De Rosa, D.European Space Agency, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Figuera, R.M.Technical University Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.Juergen.Oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mazarico, E.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USAUNSPECIFIED
Neumann, G.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Robinson, M. S.School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, PO Box 873603, Tempe, AZ 85287-3603, United StatesUNSPECIFIED
Date:15 November 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:243
DOI :10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.013
Page Range:pp. 79-90
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0019-1035
Status:Published
Keywords:Moon, Surface, Landing Sites
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: Scholten, Dipl.-Ing. Frank
Deposited On:07 Jan 2015 10:40
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:26

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