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Lunar portable magnetometer experimentThe purpose of the Apollo 16 lunar portable magnetometer (LPM) experiment is to measure the permanent magnetic field at different geological sites on the lunar surface. The LPM field measurements are a vector sum of the steady remanent field from the lunar crust and of the time-varying ambient fields. The remanent magnetic fields measured in the Descartes region are the largest extraterrestrial fields yet measured in situ. These measurements show for the first time that the Descartes highlands have a stronger remanent magnetization than do the mare regions of the previous Apollo landing sites. The experimental technique used in the LPM experiment is described and the preliminary results obtained are discussed.
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Legacy CDMS
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Dyal, P.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Parkin, C. W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Sonett, C. P.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Dubois, R. L.
(Okla. Univ.)
Simmons, G.
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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