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July 1, 2002

RELEASE: 02-76AR                                              


NASA Software Wins Space Act Award: HiMAP (High Fidelity Multidisciplinary Analysis Process) software, which integrates software analysis tools to solve large-scale multidisciplinary problems on massively parallel supercomputers, has received the 2002 NASA Space Act Software Release award. Results are demonstrated for large-scale aerospace problems on several supercomputers. HiMAP currently is being used for multidisciplinary analysis of second-generation reusable launch vehicles. HiMAP technology also can be used in the automotive, mechanical, civil and bioengineering fields where analysis of fluids/structures interactions plays an important role. For more information, contact Mike Mewhinney, 650/604-3937 or e-mail

NASA Ames Scientist Selected: NASA has selected Dr. Thomas Greene, a scientist from NASA Ames Research Center, to be part of an international team that will construct a mid-infrared camera and spectrograph for the Next-Generation Space Telescope (NGST), NASA's successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Scheduled for launch in 2010, the new telescope will take a look at the infant universe just after the ‘big bang,’ when the first stars and galaxies began to form. In addition, Greene and Dr. Tom Roeling of Ames will work with the University of Arizona team to build NGST’s near-infrared camera. For more information, contact Kathleen Burton, 650/604-1731 or 604-9000 or

NASA Astrobiology Academy: Thirteen top science students from the United States and Canada have begun a 10-week course of intensive research projects at NASA Ames Research Center. Their projects will include modeling neural networks, planning the search for liquid water on Mars and studying the cellular effects of hypergravity on bone. Their results will be presented at an open-to-the media event on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30. For an agenda and more information, please visit:    For more information, contact Kathleen Burton, 650/604-1731 or 650/604-9000 or e-mail:

NASA Researcher Invited by Vatican: Dr. Lynn Rothschild, an evolutionary biologist at NASA Ames Research Center, has been selected as a keynote speaker and senior visiting scholar at the SuperVOSS II Symposium in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, July 8-12. The symposium, sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and the John Templeton Foundation, will focus on astrophysics research and on the dialogue between science and religion. Rothschild will deliver a keynote address on astrobiology, the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. For more information, contact Kathleen Burton, 650/604-1731 or 650/604-9000 or e-mail:


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