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Lunar surface magnetometer experimentThe Apollo 16 lunar surface magnetometer (LSM) activation completed the network installation of magnetic observatories on the lunar surface and initiated simultaneous measurements of the global response of the moon to large-scale solar and terrestrial magnetic fields. Fossil remanent magnetic fields have been measured at nine locations on the lunar surface, including the Apollo 16 LSM site in the Descartes highlands area. This fossil record indicates the possible existence of an ancient lunar dynamo or a solar or terrestrial field much stronger than exists at present. The experimental technique and operation of the LSM are described and the results obtained are discussed.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Dyal, P.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Parkin, C. W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Colburn, D. S.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Schubert, G.
(Calif. Univ. Los Angeles, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: Apollo 16 Prelim. Sci. Rept.
Subject Category
Space Sciences
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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