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Soil mechanicsThe soil mechanics experiment on the Apollo 17 mission to the Taurus-Littrow area of the moon is discussed. The objectives of the experiment were to determine the physical characteristics and mechanical properties of the lunar soil at the surface and subsurface in lateral directions. Data obtained on the lunar surface in conjunction with observations of returned samples of lunar soil are used to determine in-place density and porosity profiles and to determine strength characteristics on local and regional scales.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Mitchell, J. K.
(California Univ. Berkeley, CA, United States)
Carrier, W. D., III
(NASA Johnson Space Center Berkeley, CA, United States)
Costes, N. C.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)
Houston, W. N.
(California Univ.)
Scott, R. F.
(Calif. Inst. of Tech.)
Hovland, H. J.
(Pacific Gas and Elec. Co.)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Johnson Space Center Apollo 17 Prelim. Sci. Rept.
Subject Category
Space Sciences
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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