Saturday, June 13, 2009

Gravity and Topography of the Moon

Prof. Sho Sasaki
RISE Project Director, NAOJ

"The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan launched the RISE (Research In Selenodesy) Project as a part of the KAGUYA (AKA SELENE) project. With the aim of investigating the lunar gravity field and topography... By combining the orbital and altitude information of the main orbiter, we can determine the topographic highs and lows of the Moon. ... in polar orbit, observing the entire Moon as it rotates, allowed us to obtain a global topographic map of the Moon, including its polar regions, with the greatest accuracy ever achieved."

Read the JAXA feature Story HERE.