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On the detection of lunar volatile emissionsThis letter shows that the Apollo lunar-surface Suprathermal Ion Detection Experiment (SIDE) instruments lack the sensitivity to detect even large emissions of radiogenic gases from the moon if the venting of these gases occurs primarily at a few-well-defined sites of lunar transient phenomena (LTPs). It is suggested that specific flight instruments for the proposed ESA Polar Orbiting Lunar Observatory (POLO) mission, which could detect active venting, would help determine the energy source for LTPs and would increase knowledge of lunar geophysics. A critical-velocity model for the LTP energy source is briefly discussed.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
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Srnka, L. J.
(Lunar and Planetary Institute Houston, Tex., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
March 8, 1979
Publication Information
Publication: Nature
Volume: 278
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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