EXPOSE-E: An ESA Astrobiology Mission 1.5 Years in Space
Rabbow, Elke and Rettberg, Petra and Barczyk, Simon and Bohmeier, Maria and Parpart, André and Panitz, Corinna and Horneck, Gerda and von Heise-Rotenburg, Ralf and Hoppenbrouwers, Tom and Willnecker, Rainer and Baglioni, Pietro and Demets, René and Dettmann, Jan and Reitz, Guenther (2012) EXPOSE-E: An ESA Astrobiology Mission 1.5 Years in Space. Astrobiology, 12 (5), pp. 374-386. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2011.0760.
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The multi-user facility EXPOSE-E was designed by the European Space Agency to enable astrobiology research in space (low-Earth orbit). On 7 February 2008, EXPOSE-E was carried to the International Space Station (ISS) on the European Technology Exposure Facility (EuTEF) platform in the cargo bay of Space Shuttle STS-122 Atlantis. The facility was installed at the starboard cone of the Columbus module by extravehicular activity, where it remained in space for 1.5 years. EXPOSE-E was returned to Earth with STS-128 Discovery on 12 September 2009 for subsequent sample analysis. EXPOSE-E provided accommodation in three exposure trays for a variety of astrobiological test samples that were exposed to selected space conditions: either to space vacuum, solar electromagnetic radiation at > 110nm and cosmic radiation (trays 1 and 3) or to simulated martian surface conditions (tray 2). Data on UV radiation, cosmic radiation, and temperature were measured every 10 s and downlinked by telemetry. A parallel mission ground reference (MGR) experiment was performed on ground with a parallel set of hardware and samples under simulated space conditions. EXPOSE-E performed a successful 1.5-year mission in space.
|Title:||EXPOSE-E: An ESA Astrobiology Mission 1.5 Years in Space|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Astrobiology|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 374-386|
|Publisher:||Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.|
|Keywords:||Astrobiology, Spacecraft experiments, Spaceflight, ISS, External platform|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Aeronautics, Space and Transport|
|HGF - Program:||Raumfahrt, Space|
|HGF - Program Themes:||R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen, W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen|
|DLR - Research area:||Raumfahrt, Space|
|DLR - Program:||R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen, W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||R - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie, W - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie (old)|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)|
Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
|Deposited By:||Kerstin Kopp|
|Deposited On:||08 Aug 2012 15:27|
|Last Modified:||07 Feb 2013 20:09|
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