Lunar and Planetary Institute






Apollo 12 Mission


Science Experiments - Lunar Dust Detector

The ALSEP central station, which included the Lunar Dust Detector.Prior to the Apollo landings, it was thought that there would be a heavy dust layer deposited on the ALSEP experiment package during Lunar Module ascent and possibly from other long-term sources. This experiment was designed to measure this dust layer deposition and was performed on Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15. It was housed in the ALSEP central station and measured the power output from a set of solar cells. The dust accumulation proved to be much lower than expected, and the results from this experiment were also used to monitor the long-term degradation of solar cells from radiation and thermal effects. This was considered to be an engineering rather than a scientific experiment.

 

Experiment Results (NSSDC)

Additional Activity Details (JSC)