Orbital search for lunar volcanism
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
Copyright © 1972 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume 77, Issue 22, pages 4079–4085, 1 August 1972
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1972), Orbital search for lunar volcanism, J. Geophys. Res., 77(22), 4079–4085, doi:10.1029/JA077i022p04079., , , and (
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 1972
- Manuscript Received: 18 FEB 1972
The total rate of volcanic release of gases into the lunar atmosphere is estimated to be less than 60 g/sec. One of the implications of this degassing is that, if it occurs as sporadic releases of large quantities of gas, these events can be detected by an orbiting mass spectrometer, such as that carried on the flight of Apollo 15 and one that will operate during the Apollo 16 mission. The nature of a volcanic perturbation of the lunar atmosphere is discussed, and a lower bound is derived for the expected time between detected events.