- From mass + concentration (Wiktionary)
- mas(s) + con(centration). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ten years earlier the word mascon did not exist; it meant mass concentration and referred to mysterious but ordinary-looking locations on the Moon where the force of gravity noticeably increased.”
“The massive strike shattered the lithosphere to a depth of 100 kilometers, embedding the impactor as a mascon.”
“Cameras and instrument packages sent down didn't add much to the picture — the mascon was big, it was inert, and it distorted the lake's temperature profile.”
“And then I understood — the thing out there in the lake, the dimple, the mascon — that wasn't just a symbol of a man, someone I could compete with.”
“I finally understood the slowly growing heat rise in the lake — it was energy leakage from whatever that mascon really was, some very exotic bloc of matter, a giant quark, something.”
“I stared down at the rippling black water beneath which lay the mascon.”
“If you're going into the water anyway, you could also see if you could get down to the mascon.”
“Data from the circumlunar flight of Apollo 8 left the mascon effects in question.”
“Obviously, something unusually heavy lay hidden below the surface, and it was given the name mascon.”
“Flying over a mascon will be like driving over a speed bump, jolting the two ships and causing them to shake a bit relative to each other.”
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