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Implications of mass spectrometric measurements on space shuttle

Authors
Journal
Planetary and Space Science
0032-0633
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
33
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0032-0633(85)90087-x

Abstract

Abstract Mass spectrometric measurements of the neutrals and positive ions in the Space Shuttle environment have indicated the presence of large amounts of contaminants, particularly CO 2 + and H 2O +. The ionic abundances are analyzed in terms of known ion-neutral kinetics and from this analysis absolute abundances of CO 2 and H 2O are calculated. The implication of these results for optical measurements is considered.

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