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Micrometeorite measurements from 1958 alpha and gamma satellites

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Journal
Planetary and Space Science
0032-0633
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
1
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0032-0633(59)90019-4

Abstract

Abstract Grid abrasion micrometeorite detectors mounted on 1958 Alpha and Gamma satellites give a maximum influx rate of particle 10 μ in diameter or larger for the period 1 February to 7 May 1958. On 7 May 1958 two detectors appeared to indicate impacts on 1958 Gamma. The failure within a few days of all electronics on the satellite open the possibility that a shower was encountered with meteor damage subsequently destroying electronics; or of an electronics failure which first manifested itself in the meteorite detection gear.

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