Crossover analysis of Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter data

  title={Crossover analysis of Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter data},
  author={Gregory A. Neumann and David D. Rowlands and Frank G. R. Lemoine and David E. Smith and Maria T. Zuber},
In its first 15 months of continuous operation, the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) instrument aboard Mars Global Surveyor ranged to Mars over 330 million times, generating more than 5000 orbital profiles, with a ranging precision of 0.4 m over smooth terrain. The accuracy of the profiles depends on knowledge of the spacecraft position, orientation, and observation time, which are subject to errors. We model these errors via the analysis of over 24 million altimetric crossovers. A… CONTINUE READING
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