Accession Number : AD0782016

Title :   The AFCRL Lunar Laser Experiment.

Descriptive Note : Instrumentation papers,

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

Personal Author(s) : Hunt,Mahlon S.

Report Date : 03 JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : Instrumentation for the AFCRL lunar laser experiment was developed specifically for lunar laser ranging. Jointly supported by NASA and AFCRL, the experiment fulfilled the scientific objective of ranging to lunar retroreflectors using telescope optics of only moderate aperture. Returned laser signals were detected from Apollo 11 and Apollo 15 retroreflectors. Because of the historical significance and the continued scientific interest in lunar laser ranging, this report documents AFCRL participation in the lunar laser optical ranging experiment. Emphasis is placed on the development of instrumentation. The formation operation, and termination of the AFCRL Lunar Laser Observatory are included. A system suitable for the continuation of this experiment was developed and tested. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Range finding, Ruby lasers, Retroreflectors, Q switching, Telescopes, Optical equipment, Instrumentation, Moon

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE