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Crustal Density and Global Gravitational Field Estimation of the Moon from GRAIL and LOLA Satellite Data
Šprlák, Michal ; Han, Shin-Chan ; Featherstone, Will ; Novák, Pavel ; Pitoňák, Martin
We employ Newton’s integral in the spectral domain to solve two geodetic/geophysical tasks for the Moon, see [1]. Firstly, we determine density distribution within the lunar crust (inverse problem). For this purpose, we exploit GL1500E GRAIL gravitational field model and LOLA topography to estimate: 1) constant, 2) laterally variable, and 3) 3D spatially variable crustal density. Secondly, we calculate lunar gravitational field models inferred by these three crustal compositions (forward problem) up to spherical harmonic degree 2519 (corresponding to a spatial resolution of 2.2 km at the lunar equator). We test the performance of our new models, and of recent and independent forward models, against the official Level 1B and Level 2 GRAIL products. Our high resolution global gravitational field models will be an asset to future lunar lander navigation and geophysical exploration of the Moon.

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2 Han, Seung Hwan
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