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Space Environment Exposure Results from the MISSE 5 Polymer Film Thermal Control Experiment on the International Space StationIt is known that polymer films can degrade in space due to exposure to the environment, but the magnitude of the mechanical property degradation and the degree to which the different environmental factors play a role in it is not well understood. This paper describes the results of an experiment flown on the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) 5 to determine the change in tensile strength and % elongation of some typical polymer films exposed in a nadir facing environment on the International Space Station and where possible compare to similar ram and wake facing experiments flown on MISSE 1 to get a better indication of the role the different environments play in mechanical property change.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Miller, Sharon K. R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Dever, Joyce A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 26, 2013
Publication Date
September 15, 2009
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
International Symposium on Materials in a Space Environment-11(Aix en Provence)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 031102.02.03.0672.09
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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