Estimation of Apollo Lunar Dust Transport using Optical Extinction Measurements

  title={Estimation of Apollo Lunar Dust Transport using Optical Extinction Measurements},
  author={John Lane and Philip T. Metzger},
  journal={Acta Geophysica},
A technique to estimate mass erosion rate of surface soil during landing of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) and total mass ejected due to the rocket plume interaction is proposed and tested. The erosion rate is proportional to the product of the second moment of the lofted particle size distribution N(D), and third moment of the normalized soil size distribution S(D), divided by the integral of S(D)⋅D2/v(D), where D is particle diameter and v(D) is the vertical component of particle velocity. The… 
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