Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Title:Analyses of Extraterrestrial Particles Collected Outside The Mir Station
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Author: Borg, J.; Bibring, J.-P.; Bunch, T.; Flynn, G.; Nishioka, K.; Westphal, A.; Chang, Sherwood
Abstract:The European Space Exposure Facility (ESEF) has flown two collection boxes (B1 and B2) outside the MIR station from October 1995 to February 1996, during the EST EUROMIR95 mission. B1 was opened only during the encounter with the Orionides meteor stream and the last 5 weeks of the mission, while B2 stayed open during the entire mission, except during docking operations on MIR, to minimise contamination. We describe here the results of the analyses performed on various passive collectors of the COMRADE experiment. We also indicate the improvements that will be given to the collecting techniques, in the objective of the future COMET-99 collection, programmed by French CNES.
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NASA Center: Ames Research Center