Optical system design and integration of the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Optics Branch, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA.
Applied Optics (Impact Factor: 1.78). 07/2009; 48(16):3035-49. DOI: 10.1364/AO.48.003035
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The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), developed for the 2009 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, is designed to measure the Moon's topography via laser ranging. A description of the LOLA optical system and its measured optical performance during instrument-level and spacecraft-level integration and testing are presented.

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