ChJAA Vol 4, No 1 (2004) / Zou

Reflectance Spectral Characteristics of Lunar Surface Materials

Yong-Liao Zou, Jian-Zhong Liu, Jian-Jun Liu, Tao Xu

Abstract

Based on a comprehensive analysis of the mineral composition of major lunar rocks (highland anorthosite, lunar mare basalt and KREEP rock), we investigate the reflectance spectral characteristics of the lunar rock-forming minerals, including feldspar, pyroxene and olivine. The affecting factors, the variation of the intensity of solar radiation with wavelength and the reflectance spectra of the lunar rocks are studied. We also calculate the reflectivity of lunar mare basalt and highland anorthosite at 300, 415, 750, 900, 950 and 1000 nm. It is considered that the difference in composition between lunar mare basalt and highland anorthosite is so large that separate analyses are needed in the study of the reflectivity of lunar surface materials in the two regions covered by mare basalt and highland anorthosite, and especially in the region with high Th contents, which may be the KREEP-distributed region.

Keywords


Moon --- mineral --- lunar rock

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