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Exploring Lunar Mare Composition with the Mini-RF Bistatic Experiment

Lunar Mare Radar

The Mini-RF instrument on LRO is used to better constrain the titanium content of lunar basalts. The motivation behind the study is to further the understanding of how lunar magma chambers evolved through time. To guide targeting, the earth based radar (A) mapping work of Morgan et al [2016] is leveraged, which defines distinct mare flow units based on their composition (B).  The collection of Mini-RF data at multiple wavelengths and over a range of bistatic angles (C) will enable a systematic means to explore the relationship between radar attenuation and titanium content.

Provided by Gareth Morgan.

July 11, 2018
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