The lunar atmosphere: History, status, current problems, and context

  title={The lunar atmosphere: History, status, current problems, and context},
  author={Sharon A. Stern},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
  pages={453 - 491}
  • S. Stern
  • Published 1 November 1999
  • Physics, Environmental Science
  • Reviews of Geophysics
After decades of speculation and fruitless searches by observers, the lunar atmosphere was first observed by Apollo surface and orbital instruments beginning in 1971. With the end of Apollo missions in 1972 and the termination of funding for Apollo lunar ground station observations in 1977 the field withered for many years, but it has recently enjoyed a renaissance. This renewal was initiated by the discovery of lunar atmospheric sodium and potassium by ground‐based observers and was furthered… 

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