We’re rewarding the question askers & reputations are being recalculated! Read more.

New answers tagged


It literally eats away at surfaces made of certain materials. It's pretty crazy. According to Space Mission Analysis and Design ("SMAD", 3e, by Wertz and Larson), Atomic oxygen (which I'll call ATOX thanks to user1209304's comment), is "the predominant atmospheric constituent" from 200 to 600km, and is a dominant force above 170km (around which it actually ...

Top 50 recent answers are included