2004
DOI: 10.1029/2004je002294
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Abstract: [1] It is the main purpose of this study to examine the deeper structure of the Moon in the light of four numbers. These are lunar mass M, mean moment of inertia I, second degree tidal Love number k 2 , and the quality factor Q, accounting for tidal dissipation within the solid body of the Moon. The former two have been measured by Lunar Prospector to high precision, and more than 30 years of lunar laser ranging (LLR) data have led to an estimate of the second degree tidal Love number and quality factor. The …

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