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Missile Inpacts as Sources of Seismic Energy on the Moon

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Science  10 Apr 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3928, pp. 242-244
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3928.242

Abstract

Seismic signals recorded from impacts of missiles at the White Sands Missile Range are radically different from the signal recorded from the Apollo 12 lunar module impact. This implies that lunar structure to depths of at least 10 to 20 kilometers is quite different from the typical structure of the earth's crust. Results obtained from this study can be used to predict seismic wave amplitudes from future man-made lunar impacts. Seismic energy and crater dimensions from impacts are compared with measurements from chemical explosions.

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