Reference coordinate systems of the moon and planets

by Merton E. Davies

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This paper was originally presented in September 1986 at the Prague, Czechoslovakia, international symposium on Figure and Dynamics of the Earth, Moon, and Planets, and it will be published in a book containing papers from the meeting. The symposium was sponsored by the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), the Committee for Space Research (COSPAR), and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The IAU/IAG/COSPAR Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements of the Planets and Satellites, which was established in 1976, publishes a report every three years. This paper discusses the adopted definitions, conventions, and content of the 1985 report, and includes a brief note about those who use the data.

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