MaSimKa (Mars Simulationskammer PSI 7) is a vertically orientated, fully automated Mars simulation device. In addition to simultaneous radiation and temperature regulation it provides the possibility of and humidification between 1.5 – 99.7% relative humidity under a constant pressure between 200 - 1200 Pa to simulate the average diurnal environmental conditions on the planet Mars. A variety of neutral density filters and cut-off filters are available. This simulation chamber is fully equipped for the upcoming Mars simulation experiments as preparation for the corresponding Mars missions with focus on Astrobiology and Planetary Protection. Beyond that a high variety of different gas compositions for the simulation of other planetary environments can be attached.
General technical specification
Usable inner size D x H [m]: 0.22 x 0.26
Pressure [Pa]: down to 1 x 10-5
Temperature range, stability [K]: 248 – 353, +/- 0.1
Irradiation sources: 400 W polychromatic metal halogenide, 254 nm monochromatic Hg low pressure
Double walled with isolating vacuum copper cold shroud, cooled copper bottom