GRAIL: Mapping the Moon's Interior

Editors: Zuber, Maria, Russell, Christopher (Eds.)

  • Describes the design of The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to the Moon, which has provided the highest resolution and most accurate gravity model of the Moon
  • Describes the technology used to design a gravity mission to a planetary body employing a dual spacecraft self-tracking system
  • Discusses the most important lunar science questions about the lunar crust and interior that can only be answered with high-accuracy, high-resolution gravity data
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In September 2011, the GRAIL mission launched two unmanned spacecraft to the Moon, which entered into lunar orbit on December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012. They orbited the Moon until December 17, 2012, when they impacted the surface near the Moon’s north pole. This book contains three review articles co-authored by the GRAIL Science Team and Guest Scientists that describe the reasons for the GRAIL mission, the development of the necessary technology, and the design of the mission to acquire the most precise measurements of the lunar gravity field possible today. The book provides a detailed description of the GRAIL mission’s scientific objectives, the instrumentation and its required performance, the complex simulation of the measurement system for determining the gravity field, and the innovative education and public outreach of the mission directed toward middle-school students who could select areas of the Moon for imaging with the onboard MoonKam camera system.

This volume is aimed at researchers and graduate students active in solar system science and planetology.

Originally published in Space Science Reviews journal, Vol. 178/1, 2013.

About the authors

Dr. Maria Zuber has been involved in more than half a dozen NASA planetary missions aimed at mapping the Moon, Mars, Mercury, and several asteroids. The topographic map of Mars produced by the laser altimeter experiment she co-led on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft is the most accurate topography model for any planet, including Earth. Her research interests include theoretical modeling of geophysical processes; analysis of altimetry, gravity and tectonics to determine the structure and dynamics of the Earth and solid planets; and development and implementation of spacecraft laser and radio tracking experiments. She currently serves as principal investigator of the NASA Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission that mapped the global gravity field of the Moon at higher resolution than Earth. At present, she also is involved in experiments on the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, MESSENGER mission to Mercury and Dawn mission to asteroids Vesta and Ceres. In addition to her research on the structure and evolution of the terrestrial planets, she participated in experiments that have recorded the longest one-way and two-way laser links. Professor Zuber has received numerous awards for her work and is a member of the US National Academy of Science.

Professor C. T. Russell is a member of the faculties of both the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. He is acting System-wide Director of IGPP. He is the head of the Space Physics Center in IGPP, UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Branch of the California Space Grant Consortium. He is the principal investigator on the POLAR mission; a co-investigator on the magnetometer team on the Cassini mission to Saturn; the ROMAP investigation on the Rosetta mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; the IMPACT investigation on the STEREO mission to study solar and solar wind disturbances; the THEMIS mission to study substorms; and the magnetometer investigation on the Venus Express mission to study the solar wind interaction with Venus. He is the principal investigator of the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Foreword

    Zuber, Maria T. (et al.)

    Pages 1-2

  • Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL): Mapping the Lunar Interior from Crust to Core

    Zuber, Maria T. (et al.)

    Pages 3-24

  • The Scientific Measurement System of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission

    Asmar, Sami W. (et al.)

    Pages 25-55

  • The Lunar Gravity Ranging System for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission

    Klipstein, William M. (et al.)

    Pages 57-76

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
GRAIL: Mapping the Moon's Interior
Editors
  • Maria Zuber
  • Christopher Russell
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-9584-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-9584-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9583-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5597-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 76
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 68 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Spin-off from Space Science Reviews journal, Vol. 178/1, 2013
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