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Microgravity Materials Science Conference 2000This is Volume 1 of 3 of the 2000 Microgravity Material Science Conference that was held June 6-8 at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama. It was organized by the Microgravity Materials Science Discipline Working Group, sponsored by the Microgravity Research Division (MRD) at NASA Headquarters, and hosted by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Alliance for Microgravity Materials Science and Applications (AMMSA). It was the fourth NASA conference of this type in the microgravity materials science discipline. The microgravity science program sponsored approx. 200 investigators, all of whom made oral or poster presentations at this conference. In addition, posters and exhibits covering NASA microgravity facilities, advanced technology development projects sponsored by the NASA Microgravity Research Division at NASA Headquarters, and commercial interests were exhibited. The purpose of the conference was to inform the materials science community of research opportunities in reduced gravity and to highlight the Spring 2001 release of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) to solicit proposals for future investigations. It also served to review the current research and activities in materials science, to discuss the envisioned long-term goals. and to highlight new crosscutting research areas of particular interest to MRD. The conference was aimed at materials science researchers from academia, industry, and government. A workshop on in situ resource utilization (ISRU) was held in conjunction with the conference with the goal of evaluating and prioritizing processing issues in Lunar and Martian type environments. The workshop participation included invited speakers and investigators currently funded in the material science program under the Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) initiative. The conference featured a plenary session every day with an invited speaker that was followed by three parallel breakout sessions in subdisciplines. Attendance was close to 350 people. Posters were available for viewing during the conference and a dedicated poster session was held on the second day. Nanotechnology radiation shielding materials, Space Station science opportunities, biomaterials research, and outreach and educational aspects of the program were featured in the plenary talks. This volume, the first to be released on CD-ROM for materials science, is comprised of the research reports submitted by the Principal Investigators at the conference.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Ramachandran, Narayanan (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL United States)
Bennett, Nancy (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL United States)
McCauley, Dannah (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL United States)
Murphy, Karen (Morgan Research Corp. Huntsville, AL United States)
Poindexter, Samantha (Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2001
Publication Information
Publication: Microgravity Materials Science Conference 2000
Subject Category
Chemistry and Materials (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.55:210827/VOL1
Meeting Information
Microgravity Materials Science Conference 2000(Huntsville, AL)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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