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Thermal control surfaces experiment (S0069) initial materials evaluationThe behavior of materials in the space environment and our understanding of this behavior continues to be a limiting technology for spacecraft and experiments. The Thermal Control Surfaces Experiment (TCSE) aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) is the most comprehensive experiment flown to study the effects of the space environment on thermal control surfaces. Selected thermal control surfaces were exposed to the LDEF orbital environment and the effects of this exposure measured. The TCSE combined in-space optical measurements with pre- and post-flight analyses of flight materials to determine the effects of long term space exposure. Many of the samples underwent significant changes in appearance as well as optical and mechanical properties.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Wilkes, Donald R.
(AZ Technology Huntsville, AL., United States)
Hummer, Leigh L.
(AZ Technology Huntsville, AL., United States)
Brown, M. John
(AZ Technology Huntsville, AL., United States)
Zwiener, James M.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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