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Silver interconnectors exposed to space on STS-4
- Title Silver interconnectors exposed to space on STS-4
- Released 10/12/2010 9:13 am
- Copyright ESA
35 micrometre silver interconnector, from ESA's original Hubble solar blanket design, following exposure to the space environment during the STS-4 flight, shown at 20x magnification. A dark grey surface with flakes can be seen. Atomic oxygen degradation was such a serious problem that the solar blankets had to be completely redesigned before their eventual flight.
- Id 211365