The Mercury Laser Altimeter Instrument for the MESSENGER Mission

  title={The Mercury Laser Altimeter Instrument for the MESSENGER Mission},
  author={J. Cavanaugh and J. Smith and X. Sun and A. Bartels and Luis Ramos-Izquierdo and D. Krebs and J. McGarry and R. Trunzo and A. M. Novo-Gradac and Jamie Britt and J. Karsh and Richard W. Katz and A. Lukemire and R. Szymkiewicz and D. Berry and J. P. Swinski and G. Neumann and M. Zuber and D. Smith},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
  • J. Cavanaugh, J. Smith, +16 authors D. Smith
  • Published 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Space Science Reviews
  • Abstract The Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) is one of the payload science instruments on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission, which launched on August 3, 2004. The altimeter will measure the round-trip time of flight of transmitted laser pulses reflected from the surface of the planet that, in combination with the spacecraft orbit position and pointing data, gives a high-precision measurement of surface topography referenced to Mercury’s center… CONTINUE READING
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