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NASA Challenges Students to Design a Supersonic Airliner

A new NASA competition challenges high school and college students to research and design a small, supersonic airliner that could enter commercial service in the next decade. During the 2008-2009 academic year, individuals and teams of high school students will prepare well-documented short papers describing what needs to be accomplished to make supersonic flight available to commercial passengers by 2020. Advanced-curriculum high school students and college students will prepare longer papers that depict a highly efficient, environmentally friendly commercial aircraft that would emit only low sonic booms, and be ready for initial service in 2020.

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Last Chance to Design & Win!

If you haven’t entered your unique design idea that you feel should be out on the market, you only have until October 17 to enter your invention in the seventh annual NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. Visit www.createthefuture- contest.com for complete rules and to submit your idea.

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This Month in NASA History

NASA's Pioneer 11 image of Saturn and itsmoon Titan, at the upper left.This Month in NASA History: On September 1, 1979, Pioneer 11 flew to within 13,000 miles of Saturn and took the first close-up pictures of the planet and its moon, Titan. Launched on April 5, 1973, Pioneer 11 also obtained dramatic images of the immense polar regions of Jupiter, and determined the mass of Jupiter’s moon, Callisto. Learn more about these events at .

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NASA Announces Education Television Partnership

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale announced recently the launch of NASA Education TV (NASA eTV), a partnership with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), to produce new educational TV programs for distribution on NASA TV and the Internet. NASA eTV aims to engage young people in the excitement and challenges the future holds for America’s space program. Designed for grades K-12 as well as young adults, the short videos will be available on-demand through the Internet during the 2008-2009 school year. Each NASA eTV program will consist of 5- to 10-minute video segments. The elementary school-level segments will provide an introduction to science and engineering. The middle-school segments will focus on the relevance of math to 21st century careers. High-school segments will build on the engineering and science behind NASA projects and missions. Programs for the general public will be aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds and focus on the impact of space exploration, scientific discovery, aeronautics research, and NASA-developed technologies. For a monthly list of NASA Education TV programs, .

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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NASA Nano Sensor Helps Detect Biohazards

A nanotechnology-based biosensor developed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, detects trace amounts of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The sensor has been licensed to Early Warning Inc. of Troy, NY, which will use the sensor to prevent the spread of potentially deadly biohazards in water, food, and other sources.

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“Create the Future” and Win

The 2008 NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp., opens for entries on July 7. The seventh annual contest welcomes innovative design ideas in the following categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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