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The Clementine bistatic radar experiment

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DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5292.1495

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Abstract

During the Clementine 1 mission, a bistatic radar experiment measured the magnitude and polarization of the radar echo versus bistatic angle, ??, for selected lunar areas. Observations of the lunar south pole yield a same- sense polarization enhancement around ?? = 0. Analysis shows that the observed enhancement is localized to the permanently shadowed regions of the lunar south pole. Radar observations of periodically solar-illuminated lunar surfaces, including the north pole, yielded no such enhancement. A probable explanation for these differences is the presence of low-loss volume scatterers, such as water ice, in the permanently shadowed region at the south pole.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The Clementine bistatic radar experiment
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.274.5292.1495
Volume
274
Issue:
5292
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1495
Last page:
1498
Number of Pages:
4