A NEW REALIZATION OF THE GLOBAL LUNAR REFERENCE FRAME BASED ON CO-REGISTERED LOLA TRACKS
- 1Technical University Berlin, Dept. of Planetary Geodesy, 10623 Berlin, Germany
- 2Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, Montclair, NJ 07043, USA
- 3German Aerospace Center, Dept. of Planetary Geodesy, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Keywords: Moon, LOLA, Reference Frame, Co-Registration, Polar Radius
Abstract. We present a method that aligns lunar south and north pole LOLA DTMs using selected LOLA tracks and co-registration techniques. The selected LOLA tracks were then co-registered to the aligned polar DTMs with the aim to create a new LOLA frame of high relative accuracy. At the poles the relative accuracy of the resulting LOLA frame improved in comparison with the original LOLA frame, especially at the north pole. At lower latitudes on the lunar near side we could show that we achieve smaller residuals between our LOLA frame and a photogrammetrically derived reference DTM than with the original LOLA frame. On the far side we could not achieve better results which we believe is stemming from the generally less accurate orbit knowledge there. From the aligned polar DTMs we were able to derive a polar radius of 1738,049 km.