Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are testing nanotechnology to use on spacecraft. Nanotechnology is the development of devices on a scale of individual atoms and molecules.
The specific goal of this team at the Goddard Space Flight Center is to use nanotechnology to reduce reflection off the surface of satellites, so that the data they collect are not "polluted" by scattered light. The carbon nanotubes that the team grows have proven to be 10 times better than NASA Z306 paint, currently used on spacecraft instruments.
the basic unit of an element, composed of three major parts: electrons, protons, and neutrons.
chemical element with the symbol C, which forms the basis of all known life.
substance that causes or quickens a chemical reaction, without being affected by it.
(singular: datum) information collected during a scientific study.
number of things of one kind in a given area.
state of matter with no fixed shape that will fill any container uniformly. Gas molecules are in constant, random motion.
development and study of technological function and devices on a scale of individual atoms and molecules.
hollow cylinder made of a single element, usually carbon.
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) the U.S. space agency, whose mission statement is "To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind."
energy, emitted as waves or particles, radiating outward from a source.
return of light, sound, or heat after being bounced off a surface.
healthy and strong.
object that orbits around something else. Satellites can be natural, like moons, or made by people.
base of hard material on which a non-moving organism grows. Also called substratum.