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Further analysis of remnants found in LDEF and Mir impact cratersThis study is the further investigation of space-exposed samples recently recovered from the American satellite LDEF and the Franco-Soviet Mir 'Aragatz' experiment. Some interesting impact features have been selected as examples to demonstrate various findings. Part of the objective of the experiments was to determine the nature and origin of particles in low earth orbit (LEO). Observations show that the 'multiple foil detectors' appear to be an effective way of retaining impactor residues of larger particles. They provide a 'witness' foil that shows the shape and dimensions of the impacting particle. Several low-velocity (less than 4 km/s) oblique craters containing significant quantities of impactor residue have been identified. Energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) analyses of the residues show evidence of micrometeoroid and debris compositions. Similarities between the meteoroid signatures and those of Brownlee particles have been noted. Evidence of at least two different grain compositions in one impacting particle is shown. The discovery of debris impacts on the trailing edge of LDEF demonstrates that artificial debris may be found, not just in circular orbits, but also in elliptical orbits.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Berthoud, S. Lucinda (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Toulouse, France)
Mandeville, J. C. (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Toulouse, France)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on the Analysis of Interplanetary Dust Particles
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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