Micrometeoroid impacts on spacecraft: Can asteroidal and cometary dust be distinguished?

Kearsley, A.T. and Burchell, Mark J. and Price, M.C. and Graham, G.A. and Wozniakiewicz, Penelope J. and Cole, Mike J. (2009) Micrometeoroid impacts on spacecraft: Can asteroidal and cometary dust be distinguished? In: European Space Agency Special Publication (ESA SP). European Space Agency ISBN 978-92-9221-236-0. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Both cometary and asteroidal sources should contribute to the population of micrometeoroids (MM) reaching Earth [1,2], although there is debate as to their relative numbers. Small impact features on spacecraft surfaces returned from low Earth orbit (LEO) can provide sufficient evidence to distinguish some, but certainly not all, impacts from these dust sources. In this paper we review the difficulties in attributing a source to MM impactors.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Eur Space Agency Spec Publ ESA SP [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - IARC, Department of Mineralogy, London, SW7 5BD, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, School of Physical Science, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NH, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints] M3 - Conference Paper [Field not mapped to EPrints] C3 - European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Cometary dusts, Dust sources, Impactors, Low-Earth orbit, Micrometeoroid impacts, Spacecraft surfaces, Dust, Orbits, Population statistics, Spacecraft, Space debris
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB651 Planets, Minor
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Giles Tarver
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 10:27 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 16:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53881 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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