Lunar Topography: First Radar-Interferometer Measurements of the Alphonsus-Ptolemaeus-Arzachel Region

Science  01 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4064, pp. 977-980
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4064.977


Radar interferometry is a new technique for accurately measuring the topography of the lunar surface from the earth. Measurements have been made with this technique of an area including the craters Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, and Arzachel and a portion of Mare Nubium. There is evidence for a late episode of volcanism that partially filled two of the craters through a crustal fault of Imbrian origin. Several other features of the topography, particularly those coinciding with local gravitational anomalies, can be correlated with flow events.