Highlights – Issue 32, Fall 2008
  • The Societal Impact of Space Flight

    By Steven J. Dick NASA’s founding document, the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, specifically charged the new agency with eight objectives, including “the establishment of long-range studies of the potential benefits to be gained from, the opportunities for, and the problems involved in the utilization of aeronautical and space activities for peaceful and […]

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Early Lunar Missions: A Memoir

A JPL project manager in the early sixties, Burke recalls the space race with the Soviets.
By J.D. Burke

The Apollo Era: Working at Marshall in the Sixties

A discussion of Wernher von Braun’s management style and the power of learning by doing.
By Glenn A. Robinson, Jr.

Teaching Geology to Apollo Astronauts

To prepare for their work on the moon, Apollo astronauts did many field exercises and built a common language with geologists.
By Gary Lofgren

NASA’s First Scientist-Astronauts

NASA’s first physician- astronaut describes the Skylab experiments that studied the effects of weightlessness.
By Joe Kerwin

Leadership, Teamwork, and Focus: Viking’s Landing on Mars

Managerial skill and innovation made Viking’s technical achievement possible.
By Kerry Ellis

Lessons from Shuttle Development

The transition from Apollo to Space Shuttle offers lessons for today’s transition to Constellation.
By Jim Odom

Lessons from the Past: How NASA’s Early Culture Informs Current Challenges

The technical capability, management expertise, and close contractor relationships behind the moon landings are essential to NASA’s future success.
By Howard E. McCurdy

A Brief History of Project Management Development at NASA

Effective training, frameworks, and forums must reflect the needs and experience of practitioners.
By Ed Hoffman

Shaping the Space Age:The International Geophysical Year

The first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, made one the most important discoveries of the IGY.
By Matthew Kohut

Using the Moon to Learn About Living on Mars

Young argues that the planned lunar outpost needs a medical laboratory.
By Laurence R. Young

Space Science: Forty-Five Years ofThinking and Tinkering

Making the most of scarce resources and collaboration between scientists and engineers are key to continuing NASA’s impressive history of scientific discovery.
By Noel Hinners

Discovery-Driven Science

The chief scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center discusses revolutionary findings in space science.
By Dr. James B. Garvin

NASA and the Future of Knowledge

Trust,strong personal networks,and respect for local expertise characterize organizations that use knowledge effectively.
By Laurence Prusak and Don Cohen

Success, Failure, and NASA Culture

The root causes of failure are often cultural,not technical.
By Dr. Stephen B. Johnson

The Societal Impact of Space Flight

The NASA historian looks at studies of the economic, political, and social impact of the space program.
By Steven J. Dick

NASA’s Inventions and Contributions Board: A Historical Perspective

Thanks to ICB awards, many NASA innovations find new uses outside the space program.
By Carol Anne Dunn

Some NASA Moments

Striking episodes in the careers of NASA practitioners.

A Half Century of NASA Photos

Some of the most striking images from NASA’s first fifty years.
By George Michael (Mike) Gentry

ASK Magazine, Issue 32, Fall 2008

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