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Contamination Analysis and Monitoring"Sterilization" is a term applied to any process or procedure that produces a condition of sterility. Sterility is an absolute concept and refers to the destruction or removal of all life. However, when sterility as an absolute concept is applied to the sterilization of space hardware, it ceases to be operational. Absolute proof of sterility of flight hardware is impossible. Hence, for an operational approach to certification of sterility of space hardware, it is necessary to apply the probability concept. The present report is concerned with the applicability of mathematics to predict the probability of achieving sterility in a complex space hardware system. As such, this approach is concerned with the manipulation of microbiological data rather than mathematical rigor.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Jack D. Johnson
(Jet Propulsion Lab La Cañada Flintridge, California, United States)
Date Acquired
August 3, 2013
Publication Date
November 16, 1965
Publication Information
Publication: Spacecraft Sterilization Technology
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Volume: NASA-SP-108
Issue Publication Date: July 1, 1965
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Meeting: National Conference on Spacecraft Sterilization Technology
Location: Pasadena, CA
Country: US
Start Date: November 16, 1965
End Date: November 18, 1965
Sponsors: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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spacecraft sterilization
probability theory
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