Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 94, Issue 1–2, pp 103–111 | Cite as

Gravity and Topography of Moon and Planets

  • R. Rummel


Planetology serves the understanding on the one hand of the solar system and on the other hand, for investigating similarities and differences, of our own planet. While observational evidence about the outer planets is very limited, substantial datasets exist for the terrestrial planets. Radar and optical images and detailed models of gravity and topography give an impressive insight into the history, composition and dynamics of moon and planets. However, there exists still significant lack of data. It is therefore recommended to equip all future satellite missions to the moon and to planets with full tensor gravity gradiometers and radar altimeters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Astronomische und Physikalische GeodäsieTU MünchenGermany

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