A possibility of prognosticating the lunar surface composition prediction from optical measurement data

1Shkuratov, Yu.G, 2Kaydash, VG, 2Opanasenko, NV, 2Stankevich, DG, 3Evsyukov, NN, 4Parusimov, VG
1Institute of Astronomy of V. N. Karazin National University of Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine; Institute of Radio Astronomy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2Institute of Astronomy of V.N. Karazin National University of Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine
3V.N. Karazin National University of Kharkiv,Kharkiv, Ukraine
4Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 1996, 2 ;(3):78–88
Publication Language: Russian
Maps of rock-forming oxides (Ti02 and FeO) were drawn for Ihe Moon's visible side. For this purpose we used new albedo (0.65 / 0.42 μm) and color-index (0.65 / 0.42 μm) distribution data and new calibration relationships between these optical parameters and the content of chromophore elements (iron and titanium). Comparison of the lunar albedo-color diagram with the chemical diagram for lunar rocks presented in the albedo-color axes allowed us to outline four clusters in the lunar diagram which correspond to some lunar rock types. For example, one of the clusters corresponds to the region formed by ilmenite and ilmenite-olivine basalts. This data allowed us to map the distribution of some lunar rock types corresponding to the classification of Bogatikov et al. (1985). Such a method of composition prediction may be applied to the analysis of the data obtained in the «Clementine» survey of the lunar surface.
Keywords: lunar surface, optical measurements
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