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Dust Particle Counter (SP-2)

NSSDC 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

Facts in Brief

Mass: 4.0 kg
Power (avg): 4.0 W
Bit rate (avg): 1.024 bps


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

Additional Information

Questions or 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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