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Lunar dust: implications for astronomical observatories
Author(s): Stewart W. Johnson; Koon Meng Chua; Jack O. Burns; Frederic A. Slane
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Paper Abstract

The properties, origins, and previous operational experiences with lunar dust are discussed, with emphasis on the implications for world-class astronomy on the moon. The mechanisms that may govern the behavior of the fine particles are suggested, and working hypotheses for mitigating the dust hazard are advanced. Future experiments, both on the moon and in terrestrial simulations, that will assist in establishing effective and suitable means of limiting deleterious effects of dust on observatory operations are outlined. Dust studies of components returned by Surveyor 3 are presented. The performance of laser retroreflectors under conditions of moon dust is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46725
Show Author Affiliations
Stewart W. Johnson, BDM International, Inc. (United States)
Koon Meng Chua, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Jack O. Burns, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Frederic A. Slane, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1494:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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