A Radar Determination of the Rotation of the Planet Mercury

@article{Pettengill1965ARD,
  title={A Radar Determination of the Rotation of the Planet Mercury},
  author={G. Pettengill and R. Dyce},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1965},
  volume={206},
  pages={1240-1240}
}
  • G. Pettengill, R. Dyce
  • Published 1965
  • Geology
  • Nature
  • DURING the recent inferior conjunction of the planet Mercury in April, 1965, radar observations were obtained by the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory in Puerto Rico (operated by Cornell University with the support of the Advanced Research Projects Agency under a Research Contract with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research). The system operated at a frequency of 430 Mc/s, with an antenna gain of 56 dB and a transmitted power of 2 MW. The resulting sensitivity was sufficient to obtain… CONTINUE READING