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Daytona Beach


Applied Aviation Sciences

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Operational issues encountered by Apollo astronauts relating to lunar dust were catalogued, including material abrasion that resulted in scratches and wear on spacesuit components, ultimately impacting visibility, joint mobility and pressure retention. Standard methods are being developed to measure abrasive wear on candidate construction materials to be used for spacesuits, spacecraft, and robotics. Calibration tests were conducted using a standard diamond stylus scratch tip on the common spacecraft structure aluminum, Al 6061-T6. Custom tips were fabricated from terrestrial counterparts of lunar minerals for scratching Al 6061-T6 and comparing to standard diamond scratches. Considerations are offered for how to apply standards when selecting materials and developing dust mitigation strategies for lunar architecture elements.

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SAE International Journal of Aerospace



SAE International

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SAE paper 2009-01-2377

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"This is a work of the U.S. Government." This research is supported by a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) grant (NNX07AR55H). This publication is from SAE International.

Dr. Kobrick was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this paper was published.