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Chapter 8: Materials for Exploration SystemsMaterials science and processing research in space can be thought of as a field of study that began with the sounding rocket experiments in the 1950s. Material science studies of the lunar surface materials returned during the Apollo missions enabled the study of lunar resource utilization. The study of materials science and processing in space continued with over 30 years of microgravity materials processing research which continues today in the International Space Station. These studies are the technical foundation that could enable lower cost human exploration through the use of in-situ propellant production, the production of energy from space resources, and the eventual establishment of a substantial portion of humanity living self sufficiently off Earth.
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Document Type
Book Chapter
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Curreri, Peter A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
January 31, 2018
Publication Date
August 1, 2018
Publication Information
Publication: Aerospace Materials and Applications
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
ISBN: 9.78E+12
e-ISBN: 9.78E+12
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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