Lunar Gravity over Large Craters from Apollo 12 Tracking Data

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Science  24 Apr 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3930, pp. 477-479
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3930.477


The Doppler residuals from the Apollo 12 lunar module radio tracking data indicate large negative accelerations over the craters Ptolemaeus and Albategnius. The mass deficienicies required to produce these accelerations are approximately equivalent to the removal of the surface material to a depth of 1 kilometer over the entire area of these craters. Several other features of the gravity fine structure can also be correlated with topography.

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