Lunar Global Shape and Polar Topography Derived from Kaguya-LALT Laser Altimetry

@article{Araki2009LunarGS,
  title={Lunar Global Shape and Polar Topography Derived from Kaguya-LALT Laser Altimetry},
  author={Hiroshi Araki and Seiichi Tazawa and Hiroaki Noda and Yoshiaki Ishihara and Sander Goossens and Sho Sasaki and Nobuyuki Kawano and Izumi Kamiya and Hisashi Otake and Jürgen Oberst and C. K. Shum},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={323},
  pages={897 - 900}
}
A global lunar topographic map with a spatial resolution of finer than 0.5 degree has been derived using data from the laser altimeter (LALT) on board the Japanese lunar explorer Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE or Kaguya). In comparison with the previous Unified Lunar Control Network (ULCN 2005) model, the new map reveals unbiased lunar topography for scales finer than a few hundred kilometers. Spherical harmonic analysis of global topographic data for the Moon, Earth, Mars, and… 

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