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  Thermal Control

The thermal control subsystem is responsible for maintaining the temperatures of each component on the spacecraft to within their allowable limits. It does this using a combination of active and passive control elements. The active components are the heaters. The passive components are thermal paint, blankets of black kapton on the backside of the spacecraft and blankets of indium-10 oxide on the sunward side.

The thermal control subsystem weighs 15.9 kilograms (35.1 pounds). button
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Curator: Aimee Meyer
Updated: November 2009

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