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Lunar Research Flight Studies Astrophysical Measurements

Report Number: AFSWC-TR-59-37 Volume 1
Author(s): Montgomery H. Johnson and others
Corporate Author: Aeronautical Research Labs. (Australia)
Date of Publication: 1959-07-15
Project: 7811
Original AD Number: AD-281 038

The purpose of this study was to outline in a general way the basic scientific problems and questions concerning the moon and particularly to indicate how a lunar research vehicle may be applied to such investigations. Areas considered were the following: (1) an optical system for tracking a lunar research vehicle in flight with the use of refletorized plastic balloons inflated and launched in sequence during the cis-lunar flight for making measurements, (2) measurement of the magnetic field existing between the earth and the moon, (3) measurement of lunar infrared radiation by means of lunar satellites to provide information as to the lunar surface temperatures, sub-surface temperatures, dust layer thickness, and surface characteristics, (4) measurement of the lunar radioactivity to provide valuable information about the composition about the composition of the moon's crust, (5) fluorescence measurements to aid in identification of the surface materials and, if specific area exhibit fluorescence, to possibly be useful for guidance, (6) the moon atmosphere, (7) solar winds, and (8) lunar photography.

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