Lunar Laser Ranging Science: Gravitational Physics and Lunar Interior and Geodesy

@article{Williams2006LunarLR,
  title={Lunar Laser Ranging Science: Gravitational Physics and Lunar Interior and Geodesy},
  author={J. Williams and S. Turyshev and D. Boggs and J. T. Ratcliff},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
  year={2006},
  volume={37},
  pages={67-71}
}
  • J. Williams, S. Turyshev, +1 author J. T. Ratcliff
  • Published 2006
  • Physics
  • Advances in Space Research
  • Laser pulses fired at retroreflectors on the Moon provide very accurate ranges. Analysis yields information on Earth, Moon, and orbit. The highly accurate retroreflector positions have uncertainties less than a meter. Tides on the Moon show strong dissipation, with Q = 33 ± 4 at a month and a weak dependence on period. Lunar rotation depends on interior properties; a fluid core is indicated with radius ∼20% that of the Moon. Tests of relativistic gravity verify the equivalence principle to ±1.4… CONTINUE READING
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