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Dust Particle Counter (SP-2)

NSSDCA ID: 1984-125A-13

Mission Name: Vega 1
Principal Investigator:Dr. E. P. Mazets


This instrument (SP-2) detected impacting dust particles in the mass range E-12 to E-18 g by observing the plasma clouds produced by the impacts.

Alternate Names

  • SP-2
  • Vega1/SP-2
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:vega1.sp2

Facts in Brief

Mass: 4 kg
Power (avg): 4 W
Bit rate (avg): 1.024 kbps


  • Space Physics: Zodiacal Light/Interplanet Dust
  • Planetary Science: Small Bodies

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. E. P. MazetsPrincipal InvestigatorA.F. Ioffe Leningrad Institute for Physics and Technology
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