GRAIL: Mapping the Moon’s Interior

  • M. T. Zuber
  • C. T. Russell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Maria T. Zuber, C. T. Russell
    Pages 1-2
  3. Maria T. Zuber, David E. Smith, David H. Lehman, Tom L. Hoffman, Sami W. Asmar, Michael M. Watkins
    Pages 3-24
  4. Sami W. Asmar, Alexander S. Konopliv, Michael M. Watkins, James G. Williams, Ryan S. Park, Gerhard Kruizinga et al.
    Pages 25-55
  5. William M. Klipstein, Bradford W. Arnold, Daphna G. Enzer, Alberto A. Ruiz, Jeffrey Y. Tien, Rabi T. Wang et al.
    Pages 57-76

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. T. Zuber
    • 1
  • C. T. Russell
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-9583-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-9584-0
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