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Tracking the Apollo Lunar Rover with interferometry techniques

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1 Author(s)
Salzberg, I.M. ; Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Apollo 16 and 17 Lunar Rover position history while transporting astronauts over the lunar surface has been determined to a resolution of better than 1 m and uncertainties of less than 25 m utilizing a specialized very-long baseline interferometry (VLBI) tracking technique. This paper describes the technique, discusses the National Aeronautics and Space Administration worldwide tracking system used to obtain data, discusses the data, and presents results.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 9 )