Accession Number : AD0787779

Title :   Analysis of Lunar Laser and ALSEP VLBI Data for Geodetic Purposes.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Sep 73-1 Jul 74,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Shapiro,Irwin I. ; King,Robert W.

Report Date : 31 JUL 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The M.I.T. Planetary Ephemeris Program has been used to perform simulated least squares estimates of geodetic and other parameters relevant to the analysis of lunar laser ranging observations. These observations can produce improved estimates of (a) observing station locations, (b) variations in the diurnal rotation rate, (c) polar motion, and (d) the earth's gravitational constant. Since the laser data are highly sensitive to the lunar physical libration, differential very-long-baseline interferometry observations of the ALSEP transmitters have been processed to aid in the analysis of the laser data. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Geodesy, Laser beams, Range finding, Moon

Subject Categories : Geodesy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE