Long Duration Exposure Facility


The Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the home of the Meteoroid & Debris Database, as well as NASA's location for the curation of extraterrestrial and space-exposed samples. NASA's Planetary Materials Program curates the lunar rock, Antarctic meteorite, and cosmic-dust collections, as well as surfaces from space-exposed hardware (e.g., LDEF, Palapa, Solar Maximum satellite, EURECA, Space Shuttle, etc.). These long-term curatorial systems provided a ready made infrastructure for the curation and additional analysis of such samples, the generation and maintenance of various active databases, and the allocation and shipment of samples to a wider community of qualified investigators.

This site is maintained by Thomas H. See.