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Testing of laser components subjected to exposure in space
Author(s): Narasimha S. Prasad
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Paper Abstract

Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) missions provide an opportunity for developing space qualifiable materials by studying the response of novel materials when subjected to the synergistic effects of the harsh space environment. MISSE 6 was transported to the international Space Station (ISS) via STS 123 on March 11. 2008. The astronauts successfully attached the passive experiment containers (PEC) to external handrails of the international space station (ISS) and opened up for long term exposure. After more than a year of exposure attached to the station's exterior, the PEC with several hundred material samples returned to the earth with the STS-128 space shuttle crew that was launched on shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Aug. 28. Meanwhile, MISSE 7 launch is scheduled to be launched on STS 129 mission. MISSE-7 was launched on Space Shuttle mission STS-129 on Atlantis was launched on November 16, 2009. This paper will briefly review recent efforts on MISSE 6 and MISSE 7 missions at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC).

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7817, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments IV, 781705 (23 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862850
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Narasimha S. Prasad, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7817:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments IV
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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