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NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1963-009A

Description

Explorer 17 was a spin-stabilized sphere 0.95 m in diameter. The spacecraft was vacuum sealed in order to prevent contamination of the local atmosphere. Explorer 17 carried four pressure gauges for the measurement of total neutral particle density, two mass spectrometers for the measurement of certain neutral particle concentrations, and two electrostatic probes for ion concentration and electron temperature measurements. Battery power failed on July 10, 1963. Three of the four pressure gauges and both electrostatic probes operated normally. One spectrometer malfunctioned, and the other operated intermittently.

Alternate Names

  • Explorer 17
  • S 6
  • Atmosphere Explorer-A
  • 00564

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1963-04-03
Launch Vehicle: Thor-Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 183.7 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)

Disciplines

  • Earth Science
  • Space Physics

Additional Information

Questions or comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. Dieter K. Bilitza.

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Jimmy E. CooleyGeneral ContactNASA Goddard Space Flight Center 
Mr. Herman E. LagowGeneral ContactNASA Goddard Space Flight Center 
Dr. Nelson W. SpencerProject ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center 
Dr. Robert F. FellowsProgram ScientistNASA Headquarters 

Other AE Data/Information at NSSDCA

AE-A
AE-B
AE-C
AE-D
AE-E

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