Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Lunar Dust; Moon; Plasma; Solar Wind; Space; Surface Charging


"The United States has set an aggressive time line to not only return to the Moon, but also to establish a sustained human presence. In the Apollo missions dust was a significant factor, but the duration of those missions was short so dust and surface charging were problems, but they did not pose an immediate threat. For a long-term mission, these problems instead become incredibly detrimental. Because of this, research needs to be conducted to investigate these phenomena so that mitigation techniques can be developed and tested. To this end, this thesis serves to demonstrate the Gas and Plasma Dynamics Lab's (GPDL) ability to recreate the lunar plasma environment, and to establish competence to conduct meaningful experimental research on this topic. This work may also serve as a guide for future researchers in the GPDL. Further, this work suggests avenues of near-future experimental work, as well as inexpensive improvements to the facility, which will increase the capability of the GPDL in the long term"--Abstract, page iii.


Han, Daoru Frank

Committee Member(s)

Hosder, Serhat
Riggins, David W.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2020


x, 73 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 70-72).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11783

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