The chemical environment of space and its effect upon spacecraft design and materials are examined in this text.
The book begins by reviewing the basic principles of chemistry and astrodynamics. These principles are then applied in subsequent chapters covering the near-Earth and interplanetary environment, spacecraft systems and materials, and spacecraft-environment interaction. Topics of current interest include monoatomic oxygen attack, ozone depletion, spacecraft charging, and particulate impact. A unique aspect of this book is that it provides coverage of chemical principles and their applications
to spacecraft design and operation in a single text.