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An imaging radiometer for measurement of lunar polar cold trap temperatures
Author(s): Paul G. Lucey; Karl R. Blasius; Ben Bussey; Roger L. Hoelter; Jeffrey J. Gillis; Stefanie L. Lawson; Michael Mellon; John Spencer; Mary Urquhart; Ashwin R. Vasavada; Angel T. Wang
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Paper Abstract

The LRO Radiometer Investigation is an experiment proposed for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter mission that will use a simple but extremely sensitive radiometer to measure the temperatures of the region of permanent shade at the lunar poles. Temperature governs the ability of these surfaces to act as cold traps, and tightly constrains the identity and lifetimes of potential volatile resources. The LRO Radiometer will also measure the night time temperature of the Moon, and use the extensive modeling experience of the team to use these data to produce maps of meter-scale rocks that constitute a significant hazard to landing and operations. The LRO Radiometer also supports LRO objectives by measuring the global abundance of meter scale rocks at 1 km resolution. This measurement is accomplished in four (4) months of observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5660, Instruments, Science, and Methods for Geospace and Planetary Remote Sensing, (30 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.578457
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Paul G. Lucey, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Karl R. Blasius, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)
Ben Bussey, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Roger L. Hoelter, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)
Jeffrey J. Gillis, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Stefanie L. Lawson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Michael Mellon, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Mary Urquhart, Univ. of Texas/Dallas (United States)
Ashwin R. Vasavada, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Angel T. Wang, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5660:
Instruments, Science, and Methods for Geospace and Planetary Remote Sensing
Carl A. Nardell; Paul G. Lucey; Jeng-Hwa Yee; James B. Garvin, Editor(s)

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