SS as testbed for space 624 Space Qualification of Nanomaterials

qualification of nanomaterials A further possible utilization of the ISS is the space qualification of nanomaterials. NASA already accomplishes investigations regarding the

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stability of nanoparticle reinforced polymers at the exterior surfaces of the ISS in the frame of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (Thibeault et al. 2001). The ISS represents an ideal test bed also for long-term stability tests of nanomaterials under the influence of space radiation, atomic oxygen and extreme temperature gradients, which can only incompletely be simulated in the laboratory.

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