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The Clementine Mission science return at the Moon and GeographosThe Clementine Mission is being built and flown by the Naval Research Laboratory under the sponsorship of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization of the United States Department of Defense in joint-cooperation with NASA, and will explore the Moon and the near-Earth asteroid (NEA) 1620 Geographos with lightweight sensors developed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A NASA Science Team for this mission will be selected by way of a NRA in April 1993. The instrument suite includes imaging cameras that cover a spectral range from the near-ultraviolet to the mid-infrared, a laser ranger, and, potentially, a charged particle telescope. To be launched in early 1994, Clementine will be in lunar orbit from February through May 1994, at which time it will depart the Moon for a flyby of 1620 Geographos in August 1994. This mission represents an outstanding opportunity for scientists interested in the Moon and asteroids. It is anticipated that the data returned from this mission will permit: an assessment of global lunar crustal heterogeneity and a resolution of less than 1 km; an assessment of the lithologic heterogeneity of Geographos at a scale of 100 m or better; and an assessment of surface processes on Geographos on the order of 10 m. The basic mission of Clementine and some of the key scientific questions that will be addressed are described. Additional material on the Clementine mission, its data handling and processing, and its instrument suite is presented elsewhere.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Vorderbruegge, R. W.
(Science Applications International Corp. Washington, DC, United States)
Davies, M. E.
(RAND Corp. Santa Monica, CA., United States)
Horan, D. M.
(Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC., United States)
Lucey, P. G.
(Hawaii Univ. Honolulu., United States)
Pieters, C. M.
(Brown Univ. Providence, RI., United States)
Mcewen, A. S.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ., United States)
Nozette, S.
(Strategic Defense Initiative Organization Washington, DC., United States)
Shoemaker, E. M.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ., United States)
Squyres, S. W.
(Cornell Univ. Buffalo, NY., United States)
Thomas, P. C.
(Cornell Univ. Buffalo, 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
Astronautics (General)
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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