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This upright cylindrical chamber can simulate some of the conditions encountered on Mercury. As a Mercury environment simulation facility, this chamber can achieve high vacuum (less than 10-5 mbar) and both high and low temperatures (~450 K to 170 k), and has a high power Xe lamp illumination source. It has a diameter of 0.7 mand is 0.8 m in height. Therefore this facility could 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.


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