Temperatures of the Lacus Mortis Region of the Moon Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractOver 11 years of data acquired by the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment instrument aboard Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have been compiled into a comprehensive data set of surface temperatures in the Lacus Mortis region which includes the landing ellipse of the Astrobotic Mission One lander mission. These data provide diurnal brightness temperatures at 128 pixels per degree (ppd) spatial resolution and 0.1 hr of local time resolution. From this data set, we highlight several features that display variations in radiative and thermophysical properties in the Lacus Mortis region and characterize the temperatures of the Astrobotic Mission One landing ellipse. We identify distinctly contrasting properties of materials in the walls of Bürg crater, hummocks of materials on the southeast margin of the mare basalts, and materials exposed or excavated by impacts. Additionally, we describe an exceptionally rocky fault scarp that predates the formation of Bürg crater suggesting the observed boulders are replenished on a timescale <1 Ga. Within the Astrobotic landing ellipse, temperatures are observed to range from ∼88 to ∼359 K with sunrise and sunset local times constrained to 5.8–6.3 hr and 17.8 and 18.1 hr respectively.

publication date

  • February 1, 2022

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • February 11, 2023 10:31 AM

Full Author List

  • Williams J; Greenhagen BT; Bennett KA; Paige DA; Kumari N; Ahrens CJ; Rubanenko L; Powell TM; Prem P; Blewett DT

author count

  • 13

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2333-5084

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2333-5084

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