Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter: Experiment summary after the first year of global mapping of Mars

@article{Smith2001MarsOL,
  title={Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter: Experiment summary after the first year of global mapping of Mars},
  author={D. Smith and M. Zuber and H. Frey and J. Garvin and J. Head and D. Muhleman and G. Pettengill and R. Phillips and S. Solomon and H. Zwally and W. Banerdt and T. Duxbury and M. Golombek and F. Lemoine and G. Neumann and D. Rowlands and O. Aharonson and P. Ford and A. Ivanov and Catherine L. Johnson and P. McGovern and J. Abshire and R. Afzal and Xiaoli Sun},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  year={2001},
  volume={106},
  pages={23689-23722}
}
The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), an instrument on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, has measured the topography, surface roughness, and 1.064-μm reflectivity of Mars and the heights of volatile and dust clouds. This paper discusses the function of the MOLA instrument and the acquisition, processing, and correction of observations to produce global data sets. The altimeter measurements have been converted to both gridded and spherical harmonic models for the topography and shape of… Expand
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