The Mars Simulation Facility-Laboratory



The MSF-Lab, established in 2004, is part of the Department of Experimental Planetary Physics and is used for different astrobiological and physical experiments to simulate the key environmental conditions like pressure, temperature, radiation, gas composition, and primarily also the diurnally varying atmospheric humidity in a range from earth conditions to similar to those at the near-surface atmosphere of Martian mid- and low latitudes. A further part of the laboratory are tests with gas, humidity and temperature sensors and the development of trace humidity sensors for space and industrial applications. In the following table, the MSF measurement categories and controllable parameters are summarized.

 Mars Simulation Facility Laboratory (MSF Lab)
zum Bild Mars Simulation Facility Laboratory (MSF Lab)
                                                                                      
 Schematic overview on the technical hardware assembly including the gas mixing system, the temperature test chamber, the vacuum pumping system and the Mini-PAM device for measurement on photosynthetic activity of microorganisms.
zum Bild Schematic overview on the technical hardware assembly including the gas mixing system, the temperature test chamber, the vacuum pumping system and the Mini-PAM device for measurement on photosynthetic activity of microorganisms.


Kontakt
Jean Pierre Paul de Vera
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Institut für Planetenforschung
, Experimentelle Planetenphysik
Tel: +49 30 67055-309

Fax: +49 30 67055-303

E-Mail: jean-pierre.devera@dlr.de
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