Nanotechnology in Space Exploration, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop (2004)

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NNI Publications and Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Aug. 26 2004


Report of an NNI workshop seeking research committee input on the National Nanotechnology research agenda relating to space exploration, held August 24-26, 2004. Used an input for the NNI Strategic Plan released in December 2004.  Workshop was jointly sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the other member agencies of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.  Key areas discussed included the roles in space initiatives of nanomaterials, nanosensors and instrumentation, microcraft and micro/nano-robotics and the potential for nanotechnology to facilitate astronaut health management.

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Depending on the shape, the application, or the components, nanomaterials may be called by a variety of different names, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoshells, nanospheres, nanowires, nanoclays, nanoconcrete, nanopolymers, and much more. Other nanomaterials have distinct qualities that have led researchers to call them by other non-nano prefix names, such as quantum dots or graphene. Generally speaking, nanomaterials are objects with one or more dimension at the nanoscale. Efforts to standardize these words are currently underway, for example, by the International Organization for Standardization. For more information, visit the Standards page.

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