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Title: The Moon as a Test Body for General Relativity
Primary Author: Stephen M. Merkowitz
Secondary Author(s): Edward Aaron, Neil Ashby, David Carrier, Douglas Currie, John J. Degnan, Simone Dell’Agnello, Giovanni Delle Monache, Jan McGarry, Thomas W. Murphy, Jr., Kenneth Nordtvedt, Robert D. Reasenberg, Slava G. Turyshev, James G. Williams, Thomas Zagwodzki
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Summary: This whitepaper describes how the next generation of lunar laser ranging addresses four key gravitational science questions. In addition, we discuss the current state of retroreflector technology and describe ways in which further advances can be made in laser ranging technologies.
Panel Selection: Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon.
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