1/24/2013 - Properties of the Lunar Regolith Revealed by the Diviner Lunar Radiometer

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Slichter 3853

Presented By:
Ben Greenhagen -

Abstract

The Diviner Lunar Radiometer, onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, is the first multispectral thermal instrument to globally map the surface of the Moon. Diviner’s unprecedented and growing dataset is revealing the extreme nature of the lunar thermal environment, thermophysical properties, and surface composition. In this talk I will address each of these three topics, with emphasis on the surface compositional investigation and laboratory experiments in simulated lunar environment. Additionally, I will describe the legacy of Diviner for future opportunities to explore other airless solar system bodies using thermal emission techniques.

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