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Simulation of Martian dust accumulation on surfacesFuture NASA space missions include the possibility of manned landings and exploration of Mars. Environmental and operational constraints unique to Mars must be considered when selecting and designing the power system to be used on the Mars surface. A technique is described which was developed to simulate the deposition of dust on surfaces. Three kinds of dust materials were studied: aluminum oxide, basalt, and iron oxide. The apparatus was designed using the Stokes and Stokes-Cunningham law for particle fallout, with additional consideration given to particle size and shape. Characterization of the resulting dust films on silicon dioxide, polytetrafluoroethylene, indium tin oxide, diamondlike carbon, and other surfaces are discussed based on optical transmittance measurements. The results of these experiments will guide future studies which will consider processes to remove the dust from surfaces under Martian environmental conditions.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Perez-Davis, Marla E.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Gaier, James R.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Kress, Robert
(Akron Univ. OH., United States)
Grimalda, Justus
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Boston., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, 16th Space Simulation Conference Confirming Spaceworthiness Into the Next Millennium
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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