micrometeoroid micrometeoroid

Definition(s):

  • (n) a meteorite or meteoroid so small that it drifts down to earth without becoming intensely heated in the atmosphere

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  • When a micrometeoroid penetrates the aluminum, it will punch a hole in the plastic and fill the hole with metal vapor that is a good conductor of electricity.

News

  1. Weather satellite reactivated after micrometeoroid hit

    NOAA returned the GOES 13 weather satellite to service Monday after investigators found a micrometeoroid likely struck the spacecraft in late May, putting the satellite into standby mode for three weeks.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Spaceflight Now

  2. GOES-13 weather satellite is back in action after getting hit by space rock

    A tiny space rock called a micrometeoroid is apparently to blame for temporarily knocking out a weather satellite that keeps an eye on the eastern United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. The satellite was officially returned to normal operations on Monday.The micrometeroid hit an arm for the solar array panel on GOES-East, also known as GOES-13, "knocking the ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: MSNBC

  3. Weather satellite revived after suspected micrometeoroid hit

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A weather satellite that failed just before the start of an expected busy hurricane season is back in service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday. Engineers believe a micrometeoroid hit a solar wing panel on the GOES-13 spacecraft on May 22, knocking it off balance and triggering its instruments to shut ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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