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Initial observations from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)

Smith, David E. and Zuber, Maria T. and Neumann, Gregory A. and Lemoine, Frank G. and Mazarico, Erwan and Torrence, Mark H. and McGarry, Jan F. and Rowlands, David D. and Head, James W., III and Duxbury, Thomas H. and Aharonson, Oded and Lucey, Paul G. and Robinson, Mark S. and Barnouin, Olivier S. and Cavanaugh, John F. and Sun, Xiaoli and Liiva, Peter and Mao, Dan‐dan and Smith, James C. and Bartels, Arlin E. (2010) Initial observations from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). Geophysical Research Letters, 37 . Art. No. L18204. ISSN 0094-8276.

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As of June 19, 2010, the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter, an instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, has collected over 2.0 × 10^9 measurements of elevation that collectively represent the highest resolution global model of lunar topography yet produced. These altimetric observations have been used to improve the lunar geodetic grid to ~10 m radial and ~100 m spatial accuracy with respect to the Moon's center of mass. LOLA has also provided the highest resolution global maps yet produced of slopes, roughness and the 1064-nm reflectance of the lunar surface. Regional topography of the lunar polar regions allows precise characterization of present and past illumination conditions. LOLA's initial global data sets as well as the first high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) of polar topography are described herein.

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Additional Information:© 2010 American Geophysical Union. Received 26 April 2010; revised 8 June 2010; accepted 14 June 2010; published 18 September 2010. The LOLA investigation is supported by the LRO Project under contract from the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. We thank Patrick McGovern and Hiroshi Araki for helpful reviews. LOLA data and products are downloadable from http://pds‐geosciences.
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Subject Keywords:Moon; topography
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Official Citation:Smith, D. E., et al. (2010), Initial observations from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L18204, doi:10.1029/2010GL043751.
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