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Submicroscopic metallic iron in lunar soils estimated from the in situ spectra of the Chang’E-3 mission

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Zhenchao
dc.contributor.author Wu, Yunzhao
dc.contributor.author Blewett, David T.
dc.contributor.author Cloutis, Edward A.
dc.contributor.author Zheng, Yongchun
dc.contributor.author Chen, Jun
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-02T17:03:33Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-02T17:03:33Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-22
dc.identifier.citation Wang, Z., Y. Wu, D.T. Blewett, E.A. Cloutis, Y. Zheng, and J. Chen. "Submicroscopic metallic iron in lunar soils estimated from the in situ spectra of the Chang’E-3 mission." Geophysical Research Letters 44 (2017): 3485-3492. DOI:10.1002/2017GL072652. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0094-8276
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10680/1375
dc.description.abstract Submicroscopic metallic iron (SMFe) created by space weathering has strong effects on the optical properties of the lunar surface. Spectra measured in situ by the visible-near-infrared spectrometer (VNIS) on board the Chang’E-3 Yutu rover were used to investigate optical maturity differences at the CE-3 landing site caused by lander exhaust. SMFe abundances were estimated using Hapke’s radiative transfer model. Analysis of the spectrum for a minimally disturbed soil indicates that it contains 0.368 wt % SMFe, corresponding to an Is/FeO maturity index of ~53 and indicating that the landing site is submature. The soil at a location that was more disturbed contains 0.217 wt % SMFe, suggesting that the material removed by the rocket blast is more weathered than the regolith that remained behind. We conclude that maturity differences related to removal of the finest, highly mature particles play a major role in the observed reflectance changes associated with rocket blast. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship …This research was supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program: 2015AA123704), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41422110 and 41490633), the Science and Technology Development Fund of Macau (020/2014/A1), and Minor Planet Foundation of Purple Mountain Observatory. The contribution of D.T.B. was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship Initiative, grant 2015VEB057 and by NASA Lunar Data Analysis Program grant NNX16AN55G. E.A.C. thanks NSERC and the Canadian Space Agency for supporting this study.
dc.description.uri https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2017GL072652
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Geophysical Research Letters en_US
dc.title Submicroscopic metallic iron in lunar soils estimated from the in situ spectra of the Chang’E-3 mission en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/2017GL072652


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