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Synonyms for micrometeoroid

a meteorite or meteoroid so small that it drifts down to earth without becoming intensely heated in the atmosphere

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Model extrapolation of these experiments also showed that thermal fragmentation caused rocks to break down an order of magnitude faster than from micrometeoroid impacts, particularly at distances of 1 astronomical unit (about 93 million miles) with the speed of breakdown slowing at distances further from the Sun.
In addition, the accumulation of water frost is also likely to be highly dependent on local conditions, such as temperature, thermal cycling and even geologically recent "impact gardening" in which micrometeoroid impacts redistribute the location and depth of volatile compounds.
AE sensing, both with accelerometers and ultrasonic sensors, was utilized to monitor a wide variety of impact conditions on Space Shuttle components ranging from insulating foam and ablator materials, and ice at ascent velocities to simulated hypervelocity micrometeoroid and orbital debris impacts.
While engineering and design criteria were exhaustively incorporated into the shuttle, no similar system existed to revalidate and recertify the RCC design assumptions or to check the progression of unforeseen problems, such as micrometeoroid strikes, pinholes, corrosion, oxidation, and other effects detrimental to those critical leading-edge RCC panels.
And for insulation, inside the spacesuit a liner divides the gas-bag from the thermal micrometeoroid garment--made with five layers of aluminized Mylar (silver party-balloon material).
Pegasus 1, a micrometeoroid detection station with 96-foot wings as sensors, was put into orbit.
As well, an invited proposal was submitted to NASA in mid-June for the design, construction, and testing of a Phase 2 Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris Demonstration System.
All five moons experience micrometeoroid impacts relatively often, and the little ones lack sufficient gravity to hang on to the dust raised by each strike.
The tether has to be robust in order to stand the micrometeoroid and other orbital debris impacts.
He has designed vital mechanical and electromechanical devices and systems, such as noise abatement for airbags, aircraft engines, and mining equipment; micrometeoroid shields for satellites; load-measurement/monitoring systems for oil platforms, and extra-wide-range load cells.
Despite the extra time, Zvezda failed to meet NASA safety standards for noise and micrometeoroid protection.
Attaching this expandable module to the space station offers NASA the opportunity to expose it to the radiation, temperatures, pressures and micrometeoroid environment, and measure how it holds up.
The rings are composed primarily of water ice, but they contain small amounts of rocky material contributed by micrometeoroid bombardment.
Still, the astronauts were cautious and deferred tasks to remove a micrometeoroid debris shield to access and attach some of the connection points.
By sheltering organisms from such hazards as ultraviolet radiation and micrometeoroid bombardment, caves "could be among the only places on Mars to find evidence of past or present microbial life," says Glen Cushing of the U.