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The Large Icy Bodies Chamber allows for simulation of high vacuum environments in space, on icy moons (like Europa and Enceladus) and other “airless” bodies (like Mercury and Bennu). This chamber can also be used to test instruments that are going to be flown in the extreme environment of space, as they too will be subject to an extreme temperature range, as well as the vacuum of space.

The large Icy Bodies chamber is a general deep space simulation facility. This upright, cylindrical chamber is 80 cm tall, with a diameter of 70 cm. It can operate at pressure below 10-5 mbar, at temperatures from -100°C to +200°C. The chamber has illumination ports for a high power Xe UV light source.


Length1.8 m
Diameter0.9 m
Pressure range10-5 mbar – 1000 mbar
Temperature range-100°C – +200°C
UV Solar Simulator
Automated temperature control
Automated pressure control

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