Prospects for Planetary Geodesy

  1. Soren W. Henriksen,
  2. Armando Mancini and
  3. Bernard H. Chovitz
  1. William M. Kaula

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM015p0279

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

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

Author Information

  1. Department of Planetary and Space Science Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics University of California, Los Angeles 90024

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1972

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900155

Online ISBN: 9781118663646



  • Gradiometer;
  • Hydrostatic equilibrium;
  • Mercury;
  • Moon;
  • 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.