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Pivalic acid dendrite crystal grown during Shuttle Flight STS-87,1997
Marshall Has The Details On The Material
Huntsville - June 1, 2000 - Research contributing to better materials on Earth and seeking resources in space to fuel future exploration will be featured at NASA's Microgravity Materials Science Conference in the North Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., June 6-8.

For three days, experts from across the nation will discuss current hot topics in their fields -- such as nanotechnology and biomaterials. Media can hear about the latest research findings reported by hundreds of investigators from NASA, universities and industry.

The conference is hosted by Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville -- NASA's Lead Center for Microgravity Research -- and the Microgravity Research Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Investigators funded by NASA's Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise will participate in a workshop to discuss taking advantage of materials on the Moon and Mars to advance space exploration -- called in-situ resource utilization.

This research focuses on "living off the land" by using lunar or Martian soil to build habitats, produce fuel, water and propellant. On the last day of the conference, the group will report its findings.

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     New Composite Material Goes Negative On Physics
    Minneapolis - March 22, 2000 - Physicists at the University of California, San Diego have produced a new class of composite materials with unusual physical properties that scientists theorized might be possible, but have never before been able to produce in nature.

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