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Electrostatic Phenomena on Planetary Surfaces


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  • Introduction
  • Electrostatics principles
  • Electrical breakdown and charge decay in planetary atmospheres
  • The terrestrial electrostatic environment
  • Spacecraft and satellites in the electrostatic environment of the Earth
  • The electrostatic environment of the Moon
  • The electrostatic environment of asteroids
  • The Martian electrostatic environment
  • The electrostatic environments of Venus and Mercury
  • The electrostatic environments of the giant planets

About the Author

Carlos I Calle is a senior research scientist at NASA Kennedy Space Center and is founder and head of the Electrostatics and Surface Physics Laboratory. He is currently working on the problem of electrostatic phenomena of granular and bulk material as they apply to planetary surfaces, particularly that of Mars, developing instrumentation for future planetary exploration missions. He has over 150 scientific publications, four books, and several patents. Dr Calle received the NASA Exceptional Technological Achievement Medal in 2010, the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Award in 2003 for his outstanding contributions to the space program, and the NASA Silver Snoopy Award in 2007 for his exceptional contributions to human spaceflight.

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