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Influence of the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) on the local atmospheric environment

Authors
  • Lorenz, Ralph D.1
  • Clarke, Eric S.2
  • 1 Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, 20723, USA
  • 2 Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Planetary and Space Science
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 31, 2020
Volume
193
Pages
105075–105075
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2020.105075
PMID: 32904654
PMCID: PMC7458055
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Article
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Abstract

• In-situ measurements of heat plume and ionization by a radioisotope generator. • Atmospheric electrical conductivity is enhanced by ~100x near generator. • Effects on Mars or Titan lander measurements are discussed. • Titan conductivity enhancement is significant but very localized.

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