Lunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-Side by Rune FloberghagenLunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-Side by Rune Floberghagen

Lunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-Side

byRune Floberghagen

Paperback | August 1, 2012

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Lunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-Side provides a thorough and detailed discussion of lunar gravity field research and applications, from the initial efforts of the pre-Apollo and Luna eras to the dedicated gravity mapping experiments of the third millennium.
Analysis of the spatial variations of the gravity field of the Moon is a key selenodetic element in the understanding of the physics of the Moon's interior. Remarkably, more than forty years after the initial steps in lunar exploration by spacecraft, the global gravity field still remains largely unknown, due to the limitations of standard observations techniques. As such, knowledge of the high-accuracy and high-resolution gravity field is one of the remaining unsolved issues in lunar science.
Lunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-Side addresses all users over lunar gravity information and covers a wide range of topics, including the scientific rationale for and history of gravimetric research; the fundamental ill-conditioning of the gravimetric problem; the prospects of sophisticated observation techniques, such as inter-satellite tracking and gravity gradient gradiometry; the role of regularisation schemes; and the crucial aspect of quality assessment of gravity field solutions. Also described are the first-ever efforts to model the gravity field of the Moon using European satellite tracking data sets.
Title:Lunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-SideFormat:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401571171

ISBN - 13:9789401571173

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Fundamentals of lunar gravity field recovery. 3. Assessment of modern lunar gravity field models through orbit analysis. 4. Ill-conditioning of the lunar gravimetric inverse problem. 5. Lunar gravity field modelling experiments with European data sets. 6. Towards a global data set. 7. Epilogue. A. Fundamentals of selenography. B. The generalised singular value decomposition (GSVD). C. Some useful coordinate transformations. D. The Euler- Lagrange equation and the range rate SST signal. Bibliography. Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Lunar Gravimetry: Revealing the Far-Side is a long-awaited monograph wrapping up the past decades of lunar gravimetric research. Despite a series of new lunar missions and extensive research on the subject, half of the lunar globe has remained unaccessed. The author illusively shows how this deficit impacts today's knowledge about the Moon, how to attack this problem in modern data analysis and how to ultimately solve it by dedicated inter-satellite tracking in future lunar exploration missions." (Dr. Oliver Montenbruck, Section Space Flight Dynamics, German Space Operations Center)