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Atmospheric Exposure – Interactive Map

NASA KSC has been performing atmospheric corrosion testing since the 1960’s. Currently there are multiple sites across the Kennedy Space Center to measure corrosion rate and salt concentration as a function of both distance from the Atlantic Ocean and exposure time. Each test site uses carbon steel test panels as a calibration material for accurate site-by-site comparison. Each site exposes the corrosion rate panels for a year before removal; however, panels are initially exposed at the sites on a monthly or quarterly schedule depending on the location to understand the seasonal effects on the corrosion rates. The NASA KSC Beachside Atmospheric Corrosion Test Site is also a larger testbed for materials qualification and corrosion testing of components for a multitude of customers.

Interact with the map by clicking on a location number to see a visual representation of the activities going on there.