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Curiosity Update

The Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time. Water, sulfur, and chlorine-containing substances showed up in samples delivered to the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite. One thing SAM checks for is organic compounds that can be ingredients for life. SAM tentatively identified onecarbon organics, but it is possible they may have been carried from Earth by Curiosity and detected by SAM. Watch Tech Briefs TV for the latest videos of the mission at www.techbriefs.com/tv/mars. Keep up with Curiosity at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.

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App of the Month: Ascent - Commemorating Shuttle

Ascent is a compilation of film and video representing the best groundbased Space Shuttle motion imagery from the STS-114, STS-117, and STS- 124 missions. Download the free app for the iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ascent-commemorating/shuttle/id473973416.

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Research Group to Develop Flight Navigation Technology

NASA has tapped a team of aerospace, military, and academic researchers for a three-year project that could dramatically improve in-flight navigation capabilities for space vehicles, military air and sea assets, and commercial vehicles. The project includes researchers from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Develop ment, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC); and Northwestern University.

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Smartphone Nanosatellites

NASA’s PhoneSat project will demonstrate the ability to launch the lowest-cost and easiest-to-build satellites ever flown in space — capabilities enabled by using off-theshelf consumer smartphones to build spacecraft. The smartphones already offer a wealth of capabilities needed for satellite systems, including fast processors, versatile operating systems, multiple miniature sensors, high-resolution cameras, GPS receivers, and several radios.

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Curiosity Update

Instruments aboard the Curiosity rover have ingested and analyzed samples of the Martian atmosphere collected near the “Rocknest” site in Gale Crater where the rover is stopped for research. Findings from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments suggest that loss of a fraction of the atmosphere has been a significant factor in the evolution of the planet.

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App of the Month: NetworKing

NASA has released a new mobile application that challenges gamers to take on the role of a space communications network manager, and puts them in charge of building a communications network to support scientific missions. NetworKing provides an interactive, 3D experience with an insider’s perspective into how mission controllers and scientists communicate with spacecraft and satellites. NetworKing is available free on the NASA 3D Resources Web site at http://go.nasa.gov/OFkcot.

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Creating the Future

The Sensordrone Tricorder Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers has the potential to dramatically extend the sensing capability of smartphones and tablets. The keyfob- sized device has been awarded the Grand Prize of $20,000 in the 2012 Create the Future Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Nordson EFD, and Tech Briefs Media Group.

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