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Sky at Night Magazine - - BULLETIN -

The LISA Pathfinder probe is be­ing re­pur­posed to study space dust. The satel­lite was de­signed to test the tech­nol­ogy nec­es­sary for a space­based grav­i­ta­tional wave de­tec­tor, and so is in­cred­i­bly sen­si­tive to minute forces, such the tiny push of a mi­crom­e­te­oroid im­pact­ing its sur­face. Its de­tec­tor will be able to track and mon­i­tor the dust, help­ing to re­fine mi­crom­e­te­oroid mod­els, which will be used to re­duce the risk of dust dam­ag­ing cur­rent and fu­ture space­craft.

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