For Release: March 14, 1996
Catherine E. Watson
Release No. 96-016
NOTE TO EDITORS:
NASA to Study Effects of Space Debris for One Year Aboard
In late March, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis
(STS-76) will attach a set of four experiments to the Russian space
station Mir. The Mir Environmental Effects Payload
(MEEP) will study the frequency and effects of space
debris striking the Mir space station.
MEEP will also expose selected and proposed international space
station materials to the effects of space and orbital debris.
Because the international space station will be placed in
approximately the same Earth orbit as Mir, flying MEEP aboard Mir
will give researchers an opportunity to test materials for the
international Space Station in a comparable orbital position.
MEEP will be attached to the Mir shuttle docking module during a
spacewalk by mission specialists Linda Godwin and Rich Clifford.
MEEP will remain attached to Mir until late 1997, when the four
experiment containers will be retrieved by another space shuttle
crew (STS-86) and returned to Earth for study.
A MEEP fact sheet, color photos, and b-roll video are available,
as are interviews with the MEEP project manager. For more
information please contact the NASA Langley Research Center Office
of Public Affairs at (757) 864-6123 or view the MEEP home page on
the World Wide Web at:
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