Micrometeoroid Impact, Damage and Shielding Activity – The Open University

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Curriculum and Content
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Program development

The Open University run a curricular activity on the impact, damage and shielding of micrometeoroids using a remotely operated optical microscope.

The Damage Equations are used to approximate the crater depth or maximum thickness of material that will be perforated caused by an impactor on a surface. The activity can be conducted with the microscope itself or using provided measurement data. The activity is intended for independent study and takes students roughly 3 hours to complete.