Long Duration Exposure Facility
(LDEF) Archive System

NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia

Technical Discipline Area: Meteoroid & Debris


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Overview

Detailed inspections of retrieved LDEF surfaces, performed by members of the LDEF Meteoroid&Debris Special Investigation Group (M&D SIG), resulted in an excellent benchmark data set of craters that were formed by the hypervelocity impact of natural meteoroids and man-made debris particles in low-Earth orbit (LEO). These data have been used to check and update mathematical M&D environment model predictions of cratering from natural meteoroids and man-made orbiting debris.

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