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Curiosity Update

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity recently drove within a shallow depression called “Yellowknife Bay,” providing information to help researchers choose a rock to drill. Using Curiosity’s percussive drill to collect a sample from the interior of a rock, a feat never before attempted on Mars, is the mission’s priority for early 2013. Yellowknife Bay is within a different type of terrain from what the rover has traversed since landing last August. 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: NASA Earth As Art

Earth-observing environmental satellites have provided invaluable in formation, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. This app celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. The app features stunning images of Earth from satellites, and draws on several images from the USGS Landsat image gallery while also introducing many new images. Download the iPad app at www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/earth_art_detail.html.

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Ultrasound Can Monitor the Health of Your Car Engine

A system that uses ultrasound technology to look inside car engines could lead to more efficient engines. Ultrasound scans have been used in healthcare for many years, but they have never been put to use in testing the health of a modern combustion engine. Researchers at the UK’s University of Sheffield have devised a method of using ultrasound to measure how efficiently an engine’s pistons are moving up and down inside their cylinders.

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NASA Uses Futuristic Technology to Build New Rockets

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is using selective laser melting (SLM) to create intricate metal parts for the next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

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Last Chance to Vote!

Have you cast your vote for the 2012 NASA Tech Briefs’ Readers’ Choice Product of the Year? If not, you only have until January 20 to vote for the one product you feel was the most significant introduction to the engineering community in 2012. Find out more about the 12 nominees and submit your vote at www.techbriefs.com/poy.

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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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