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Celestial Mechanics

NSSDCA ID: 1962-041A-08

Mission Name: Mariner 2
Principal Investigator:Dr. John D. Anderson

Description

Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking data from Mariner 2 were used to obtain improved measurements of the masses of Venus and the Moon, the astronomical unit, and improved ephemerides of the Earth and Venus. The experiment used the on-board receiver and transmitter equipment in conjunction with DSN equipment to obtain Doppler measurements. Data were obtained at 12 hour intervals from September 5 to December 14, 1962, at 1 hour intervals until December 16, and then again at 12 hour intervals until January 4, 1963.

Alternate Names

  • Mariner2/CelestialMechanics

Disciplines

  • Astronomy: Celestial Mechanics
  • Planetary Science: Celestial Mechanics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Michael J. SanderGeneral ContactNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. John D. AndersonPrincipal InvestigatorNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratoryjohn.d.anderson@jpl.nasa.gov
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