The Materials on International Space Station Experiment (MISSE): First Results from MSFC Investigations
Miria, Finckenor (2006). "The Materials on International Space Station Experiment (MISSE): First Results from MSFC Investigations." 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
Hundreds of material samples were passively exposed to the space environment for nearly four years as part of the Materials on International Space Station Experiment (MISSE). The experiment was planned for one year of exposure, but its return was delayed by the Columbia accident and subsequent grounding of the Space Shuttle fleet. The experiment was attached externally to the Quest Airlock. Atomic oxygen fluence and ultraviolet radiation dose varied across the experiment because of shadowing and space station orientation. Over a hundred meteoroid/space debris impacts were found. Many polymer film samples were completely eroded by atomic oxygen. Some particulate contamination was noted, but black light inspection and the transmission measurements of magnesium fluoride windows indicated that molecular contaminant deposition was limited. Optical property changes in thermal control materials are discussed.
DOI: doi:10.2514/6.2006-472 10.2514/6.2006-472