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M2 ocean tide parameters and the deceleration of the moon's mean longitude from satellite orbit dataAn estimation is made of the principal long-period spherical harmonic parameters in the representation of the M2 ocean tide from the orbital histories of the three satellites 1967-92A, Starlette, and GEOS 3. The data used are primarily the evolution of the orbital inclinations of the satellites in conjunction with the longitude of the ascending node from GEOS 3. Analysis procedure and analytic formulation, as well as ocean tidal parameter estimation and deceleration of the lunar mean longitude are outlined. The credibility of the M2 ocean tide solution is further enhanced by the close accord between the computed value for the deceleration of the lunar mean longitude and other recently reported estimates. It is evident from the results presented that studies of close earth satellite orbits are able to provide important information about the tidal forces acting on the earth.
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Legacy CDMS
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Felsentreger, T. L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Marsh, J. G.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Md., United States)
Williamson, R. G.
(EG & G Washington Analytical Services Center Inc., Riverdale, Md., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
August 10, 1979
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