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Results of induced atmosphere measurements from the Apollo programExperiments on Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17 were utilized in an attempt to learn about the induced environment in the vicinity of manned spacecraft. Photographic sequences were examined to obtain scattered light data from the spacecraft-generated particulates during quiescence periods and after liquid dumps. The results allowed estimates of the obscuration factor and the clearing times after dumps. It was found that the clearing times were substantially longer than anticipated. The mass spectrometer detected a high molecular flux in lunar orbit which was induced by the spacecraft. It is shown that this is most likely caused by small ice crystals being continually produced in lunar orbit. Other data from the ultraviolet spectrometer and the stellar camera are also analyzed, and estimated values or upper limits are placed on the total scattering background, the size and number of particles generated, the velocity range, and the column density.
Document ID
19750004803
Document Type
Other - NASA Technical Note (TN)
Authors
Naumann, R. J. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1974
Subject Category
ASTROPHYSICS
Report/Patent Number
NASA-TN-D-7854
M-464
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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