Accession Number : AD0717687

Title :   A Hydrostatic Approximation for the Flattening of the Planets.

Descriptive Note : Air Force surveys in geophysics,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Moses,Harry E. ; Quesada,Antonio F.

Report Date : 02 DEC 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Geodesy plays an important role in determining satellite orbits and paths of chemical releases. A simple hydrostatic model gives the correct flattening ratio of the six oblate planets within a factor of 2.05. A conjecture is hazarded as to why the agreement is not even better. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLANETS, ROTATION), HYDROSTATICS, GEOPHYSICS, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, FORCE(MECHANICS)

Subject Categories : Astronomy
      Geodesy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE