In-situ release of solar wind gases from lunar soilA concept is described which has the potential to perform the in situ heating of the lunar regolith in order to release the solar wind gases. The poor thermal conductivity of the lunar soil is increased approximately 100-fold by the introduction of an artificial hydrogen atmosphere at 1 atm pressure enclosed in an inflatable structure. The leakage rate of H2 through the soil is minimal because of the close-packed nature of the soil and the design and operation of the facility.
Wittenberg, Layton J. (Wisconsin Univ. Madison, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space - III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-41976 17-12)
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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IDRelationTitle19930057979Collected WorksEngineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III