Prospects for Planetary Geodesy
- Soren W. Henriksen,
- Armando Mancini and
- Bernard H. Chovitz
Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
Copyright © 1972 the American Geophysical Union.
The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy
How to Cite
Kaula, W. M. (1972) Prospects for Planetary Geodesy, in The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy (eds S. W. Henriksen, A. Mancini and B. H. Chovitz), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM015p0279
- Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1972
Print ISBN: 9780875900155
Online ISBN: 9781118663646
- Hydrostatic equilibrium;
- Planetary geodesy
Within the current decade, it can be anticipated that there will be significant improvement in knowledge of the physical librations and body tides of the moon, topographic variations of the inner planets, the low-degree harmonics of the gravity field of Mars, and the masses of Mercury and the outer planets. There will also be some improvement in knowledge of lunar topography, lunar gravitational variations, the oblatenesses of Venus and Mercury, and the oblateness of the outer planets. The principal need to attain further improvement for virtually all bodies is close-orbiting spacecraft. It is also desirable to improve radar capabilities.