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Lunar Surface Strength: Implications of Luna 9 Landing

Jaffe, L. D. and Scott, R. F. (1966) Lunar Surface Strength: Implications of Luna 9 Landing. Science, 153 (3734). pp. 407-408. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.153.3734.407.

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The ability of the lunar surface to support statically the Luna 9 capsule indicates that the surface can bear at least 5 x 10^3 dyne per square centimeter (10^(-1) lb/in.^2). Analysis of the landing dynamics, using available data, gives a lower bound of about 1 to 2 x 10^5 dyne/cm^2, but this estimate may not be conservative because of uncertainties regarding the shock-absorbing system used and the direction of the velocity vector at impact.

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Additional Information:© 1966 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 1 April 1966. In part sponsored by NASA (contract NAS 7-100).
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Official Citation:Lunar Surface Strength: Implications of Luna 9 Landing L. D. Jaffe, R. F. Scott Science 22 July 1966: Vol. 153 no. 3734 pp. 407-408 DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3734.407
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