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Earth-based measurement of lunar topography using delayed radar interferometryRadar interferometry has been applied to radar mapping of the surface of Venus to resolve the ambiguity in the backscatter from the areas with the same delay-Doppler coordinates. For observations of the Moon these points are usually isolated by the small extent of the area illuminated by the radar beam so that interferometric techniques can be used to determine a third dimension to the location of the radar backscatter. Recent observations of Sinus Iridum (41.5 deg N, 31.0 deg W) using the Arecibo Observatory S-Band radar system (12.6 cm wavelength) in Apr. and Aug. 1992 have yielded a pair of images viewed with a very small 0.0420 deg difference in incidence angle. These images can be used as a delay interferometric pair and have been correlated to generate phase fringes that are related to topography. The spatial resolution of the images are 18 m in delay and 33 m in cross range (Doppler). The anticipated topographic resolution once the phase fringes have been unwrapped is approximately +/- 10 m.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Stacy, N. J. S.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Campbell, D. B.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-Fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 3: N-Z
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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