In Situ Measurements of Lunar Rotation for the Study of the Interior of the Moon

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Measurements of physical and free librations of lunar rotation are important because they provide information of the physical state of the lunar interior. For example, we can discuss if the lunar core is molten from the amplitudes of libration terms. Previously only passive LLR (Lunar Laser Ranging) using CCR (corner cube reflectors) has been applied for the detailed study of lunar librations. As for candidate instruments for SELENE-II (forthcoming lunar landing mission by JAXA), we propose detailed measurements of lunar rotation by ILOM (In-situ Lunar Orientation Measurement) and IVLBI (Inverse-VLBI) in addition to LLR.

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  • TRANSACTIONS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY JAPAN

    TRANSACTIONS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY JAPAN 8(ists27), To_3_7-To_3_10, 2010

    THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

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