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Effects of Vacuum Ultraviolet Radiation on Thin Polyimide Films EvaluatedNASA anticipates launching the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) mission-- whose purpose is to examine the origins of our universe by making measurements in the infrared portion of the spectrum--in 2009. So that the telescope can operate at very low temperatures (less than 100 K), a halo orbit about the second Lagrangian point (L2) is being considered because it is far from Earth and its reflected sunlight. The Sun-Earth L2 point is located 1.53 10(exp 6) km from the Earth in the direction away from the Sun. This mission presents new challenges in many areas of technology, including the development of a multilayer insulation sunshield for the telescope. This sunshield is required to be large (proposed dimensions of approximately 33 by 14 m), storable, deployable, and lightweight. In addition, its polymer film layers must be seamable, foldable, and resistant to tearing and creep, with low outgassing. The sunshield must maintain its structural integrity and its Sun-facing side must maintain a low solar absorptance to thermal emittance ratio (alpha/epsilon) over the planned 10-yr mission duration including over 80,000 hr facing constant sunlight.
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Document Type
Dever, Joyce A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Messer, Russell K.
Powers, Charles
Townsend, Jacqueline A.
Wooldridge, Eve
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2001
Publication Information
Publication: Research and Technology 2000
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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