Highlights – Issue 43, Summer 2011
  • Human Spaceflight and Science

    Human Spaceflight and Science


    By Howard Ross   Intentionally igniting a fire inside the Space Shuttle might seem like a bad idea, but done safely and correctly, it could answer all sorts of seemingly simple questions, such as, “Would a candle burn in zero gravity?”

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  • Taking a Risk to Avoid Risk

    Taking a Risk to Avoid Risk


    By John McManamen   One of the many lessons I’ve learned during my career is we aren’t always as smart as we think we are. When we discovered large oscillations occurring during docking between the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), I had a chance to learn that lesson again.

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Stories

Learning to Be an Engineer

Early mistakes and the advice of more experienced colleagues helped Harding develop as an engineer.
By Adam Harding

Taking a Risk to Avoid Risk

As the space station grew, shuttle docking became more of a challenge.
By John McManamen

Fixing a Troubled Project

Faced with delays and potential budget problems, STEREO’s manager focused on improving team dynamics.
By Nick Chrissotimos

Human Spaceflight and Science

Experiments in space lead to unexpected benefits on Earth.
By Howard Ross

Expecting the Unexpected

At Disney Studios, a project manager relies on her plan for dealing with unexpected glitches.
By Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina

Delivering Clean, Affordable Power

Technology to produce oxygen and hydrogen on Mars can generate clean energy on Earth.
By Bo Schwerin

FAST Learning

A small satellite project teaches lessons in systems engineering.
By Matthew Kohut
Insights

Interview with Steven Smith

The NASA astronaut and space station liaison to the European Space Agency talks about the role of trust and understanding in international cooperation.
By Don Cohen

Weaving a Knowledge Web

A new international committee is helping to share project expertise among spacefaring nations.
By ASK Editorial Staff

From Masters with Masters: Rob Manning and Rudi Schmidt

Experts from NASA and ESA compare their agencies’ Mars programs.

International Partnerships for Space Exploration

Reflecting on her long experience, the author describes elements of successful international partnerships.
By Kathy Laurini

Exploring Megaplanets

Art and science meet in Josh Simpson’s glass planets.
By Don Cohen

ASK Magazine, Issue 43, Summer 2011

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