Highlights – Issue 36, Fall 2009
Stories

In Their Own Words: Preserving International Space Station Knowledge


Understanding how space station technology really works means capturing the thoughts and experiences of the people who designed it.
By Tim Howell

Protecting Shuttle and the Environment


When environmental concerns change or eliminate any of the thousands of products the shuttle depends on, the Shuttle Environmental Assurance team must find a reliable substitute.
By Steve Glover

Son of LEM: Lunar Lander Design Today


To design a new lunar lander, the Altair team applies new processes to old challenges.
By John F. Connolly

What Would Max Do?


Developing an alternative launch abort system for the Orion crew module provides an opportunity for learning.
By Dawn Schaible

HOPE for the Future


A new program gives young engineers and managers an opportunity to take a project from concept to launch.

Ingenuity and Improvisation


The builders of Langley’s docking simulator found new uses for surplus and scavenged equipment.
By Jim Hodges

Science from the Sky


The flying laboratories of NASA’s Airborne Science Program carry dozens of Earth-science experiments.
By Kerry Ellis
Insights

Apollo Technology: Back to the Future


Technologies devised by Apollo engineers still have the power to amaze and inspire.
By Piers Bizony

Interview with George Morrow


The director of the Flight Projects Directorate at Goddard talks about the importance of independent review, the dangers of too much optimism, and the value of hands-on experience.
By Don Cohen

Magnetospheric Multiscale: An In-House and Contracted Mission


Managers of a science mission deal with the advantages and disadvantages of working in house and working with contractors.
By Karen Halterman

Managing Conversations for Performance Breakthroughs


Bringing attention to negative background conversations can improve morale and performance.
By Gerry Daelemans

Nobody’s Perfect: The Benefits of Independent Review


Independent review boards help project teams identify and solve potential problems.
By Mark Saunders and James Ortiz

Gettysburg Addressed: Common Ground for NASA Engineers and Civil War Generals


Participants in a leadership development program learn about communication, trust, and decision making on a Civil War battlefield.
By Haley Stephenson

ASK Magazine, Issue 36, Fall 2009

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