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Electrostatic Dust Buster for the Moon & Mars
One of the challenges in exploring the Moon or planets is dust kicked up by engines during landing or activity on these distant terrains. Dr. Carlos Calle, lead scientist in Kennedy Space Center?s Electrostatics and Surface Physics Lab, is developing instrumentation that addresses the problem of electrostatic dust. The technology will be used for future exploration missions on Mars and the Moon. Longterm testing of the technology is planned for an experiment being developed for launch to the International Space Station. The Electrostatic Dust Shield (EDS) payload for the Materials International Space Station Experiment-X (MISSE-X) will contain four panels and an electronics control box. Testing will include a transparent EDS for optical systems and solar panels, two EDS panels for thermal radiators, and an EDS on fabric for spacesuit dust protection.
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