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Radar Images of the Moon at 4.2-cm Wavelength

Bondarenko Yu. S., Marshalov D. A., Makarchuk S.

53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held 7-11 March, 2022 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution, No. 2678, id.2131 (2022)

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Radar observations are one of the most effective methods of Earth-based remote sensing of the Moon, allowing high spatial resolution mapping and exploration of surface and subsurface physical properties. These data can be used to study the history of the geological formation of the Moon, prospecting, and mining, and choosing landing sites for spacecraft. We report the results of intercontinental bistatic radar observations of the Moon conducted by the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAA RAS) and the National Commission on Space Activities of Argentina (CONAE). The observations involved the 35-m antenna (DSA 3) of the European Space Tracking (ESTRACK) network at Malargüe station in Argentina and the 13.2-m radio telescope (RT-13) at Svetloe radio astronomical observatory of the Russian VLBI network (Quasar).