LEND neutron data processing for the mapping of the Moon

M. L. Litvak, I. G. Mitrofanov, A. B. Sanin, D. V. Golovin, A. V. Malakhov, W. V. Boynton, G. F. Droege, K. Harshman, R. D. Starr, G. Milikh, R. Sagdeev

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The Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND) aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been mapping the neutron flux from the Moon since July 2009. LEND has four different types of neutron detectors which allow a comprehensive study of lunar neutron emission: a pair of omnidirectional sensors for thermal and epithermal neutrons, a pair of Doppler filter sensors for thermal neutrons, four collimated sensors of epithermal neutrons, and a sensor of high-energy neutrons. This paper describes the data reduction procedures to convert the raw data into the higher-level PDS products containing neutron-counting rate maps of the Moon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE00H32
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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