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The Next Big Thing is Small

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   Satellites that can fit in a backpack are shrinking technology, reframing satellite science, and providing valuable mission training and experience to the next generation of engineers.

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Academy Brief — Space Systems Development: Lessons Learned

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   “Space Systems Development: Lessons Learned” takes an unflinching look at 35 NASA and foreign mission failures and the root causes behind them.

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Message from the Academy Director: Technology, Knowledge, and Talent

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   Technology development rests on two pillars: knowledge and talent.

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Software of the Year Award: World Wind Java

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   The software team at Ames Research Center that created the World Wind Java Software Development Kit won the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board 2009 Software of the Year Award.

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This Month in NASA History: Tenth Anniversary of Terra

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   On December 18, 1999, the Terra satellite lofted into orbit to study the interactions between humans and the lands, oceans, and atmosphere.

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Research Brief: Innovation Imbalance

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   Trends in technology are shifting the landscape for innovation, according to scholars from Harvard and MIT.

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The Greening of Orbital Debris

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   By Nicholas L. Johnson   Like most technological advancements, the space age has left a sea of refuse in its wake.

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Cracked on Impact: The Secrets of Tooth Enamel

December 24, 2009 Vol. 2, Issue 12   The next wave of aircraft structural composites may be inspired by the resilient structure of mammalian tooth enamel.

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