Search for Low Energy Heavy Particles of Solar and Galactic Origin (Platan-Cosmic Rays) - 01.14.15

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Rocks in the road have cracked many car windshields on Earth.  In space, cosmic radiation, micrometeroids, and orbital debris pose a similar risk to equipment on the space station. This investigation assessed that risk by examining the flow and energy levels of cosmic rays during different phases of solar activity and detecting micro-particles around the station.  The measurements are compared with results from computer simulations. Results confirm that the type of detector used can reliably measure both galactic cosmic rays and solar cosmic ray flares, information that can help better protect the space station. Now if we could do something about those road rocks.

The following content was provided by Yu F. Gagarin, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)

  • Yu F. Gagarin, Ioffe Physical - Technical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

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    Sponsoring Space Agency
    Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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    ISS Expedition Duration
    December 2001 - October 2008

    Expeditions Assigned
    4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,17

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview
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    Description
    Study of elemental composition and detailed energy spectra of iron group nuclei in galactic cosmic rays and ions in solar cosmic rays in the 30-200 MeV/nucleon energy range. An additional objective is to detect micro-particles in the vicinity of the space station.

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    Applications

    Space Applications
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    Operations

    Operational Requirements
    Platan-M detector unit, Kodak ESC460c digital camera to photograph the detector.

    Operational Protocols
    Installation of Platan-M detector units on the surface of the Zvezda Service Module of the ISS RS during extravehicular activity, photography of their accommodation on the outer surface of the Service module. Long-duration exposure (1-2 years) of the Platan-M detector units on the Service module surface. Dismounting of the Platan-M detector units after long-duration exposure from the outer surface of the Service module during extravehicular activity and their return to the ground for processing of the experiment results.

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    Related Websites
    Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment

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    Imagery

    image The Platan-M detector closed.
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    image The Platan-M detector opened.
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