# Influence of Lunar Mascons on its Dynamical Figure

@article{Oleary1968InfluenceOL, title={Influence of Lunar Mascons on its Dynamical Figure}, author={B T O'leary}, journal={Nature}, year={1968}, volume={220}, pages={1309-1309} }

THE recent discovery of large mass concentrations (mascons) beneath the lunar circular maria from Lunar Orbiter tracking data1 raises the question of whether mascons can influence the dynamical figure of the Moon. A convenient way to describe the lunar figure is in terms of the moments of inertia about the three principal axes, where C is about the axis of rotation, A is about an axis along the lines of centres of the Earth and the Moon, and B is about an axis tangent to the orbit. It is well…

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