Space Exposed Hardware

JSC curates a variety of spacecraft and spacecraft components. These include the Genesis and Stardust sample return capsules and pieces of Surveyor III, the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), the Solar Maximum satellite, and the European Recoverable Carrier (EuReCa).
The space environment varies widely throughout our solar system. The collection of space-exposed hardware curated at JSC represents a number of these unique environments including the Lunar surface (Surveyor III); the Earth-Sun Lagrangian (L1) point (Genesis), the 7 year journey of Stardust outside of Earth-orbit; and low Earth orbit (LDEF, the Solar Maximum satellite, and EuReCa). The Genesis and Stardust spacecraft are also witnesses to the direct environment of Earth entry, while the remainder of the collection returned to Earth safely in various spacecraft.

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