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Tidal dissipation in the Earth and Moon from lunar laser rangingThe evolution of the Moon's orbit which is governed by tidal dissipation in the Earth while the evolution of its spin is controlled by its own internal dissipation is discussed. Lunar laser ranging data from August 1969 through May 1982 yields the values of both of these parameters. It is suggested that if the Moon was orbited the Earth since its formation, this must be an anomalously high value presumably due to changes in dissipation in the oceans due to continental drift. The explanation that the dissipation occurs at the interface between the mantle and a liquid core of shell is preferred.
Document ID
19850005424
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Yoder, C. F. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Williams, J. G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Dickey, J. O. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Newhall, X. X. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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