Lunar Orbiter Ranging Data: Initial Results

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Science  06 Jan 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3758, pp. 74-76
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3758.74


Data from two Lunar Orbiter spacecraft have been used to test the significance of corrections to the lunar ephemeris. Range residuals of up to 1700 meters were reduced by an order of magnitude by application of the corrections, with most of the residuals reduced to less than 100 meters. Removal of gross errors in the ephemeris reveals residual patterns that may indicate errors in location of observing stations, as well as the expected effects of Lunar nonsphericity.