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A mass concentration in a celestial body with higher gravitational pull than its surroundings, causing an uneven or distorted gravitational field.

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Going from LEO to lunar using only low-thrust ion propulsion - can it be done?

@SF.'s question What are the parameters of the new Iodine electrical rocket engine developed by RSC Energia? links to the short RT article 'Ten times cheaper': Russian space company testing iodine ...
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How much does it cost to land on a lunar mascon?

This answer to Delta-v for landing on the moon estimates that to go from a circular orbit at 110km to a landing on a spherical Moon would require an absolute minimum of 1736 m/s and the Apollo landers ...
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At what magnitude of planetary mass are Mascons a problem for orbiting spacecraft?

Earth's mass is about 1E+25 kg, the Sun about 2E+30 kg, and the Moon is only around 7E+22. ...