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December 2017 APPEL News Digest Now Available

A new edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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There are only two known eight-planet systems: Kepler-90 and our solar system. The TRAPPIST-1 system is currently the only confirmed seven-planet system, while there are many more six-, five-, four-, three- and two-planet systems, and over 2,000 stars orbited by a single planet. Credit: NASA/Ames Research Center/Wendy Stenzel and The University of Texas at Austin/Andrew Vanderburg
Engineering a New Approach to Exoplanet Discovery

Using artificial intelligence (AI), researchers trained a computer to uncover new exoplanets in existing Kepler data. 

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For the second quarter of FY 2018, APPEL is offering a range of courses designed to support the development goals of agency practitioners. The visual above indicates the number of APPEL courses offered at each NASA center.
At APPEL, Second-Quarter Courses Support Career Development

For the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018, APPEL will deliver a broad range of courses that support the development goals of NASA practitioners. 

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From left: NASA Chief Engineer Ralph Roe, SELDP graduates David Rutishauser, Lisa Smith, and Sean Laughter, plus SELDP Leadership Facilitator and Coach Cindy Zook and Program Manager Kevin Magee discussed the value of the program to the agency and to NASA engineers.
Aspire Higher: SE Development at NASA

How can engineers hone their leadership and technical skills to enhance mission success? A recent NASA Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge offered answers. 

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JPSS-1 undergoes testing in the thermal vacuum chamber at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation’s Fisher Integration Center in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
JPSS-1 Advances Crucial Forecasting Capabilities

Following the 2017 hurricane season, NASA and NOAA continue their efforts to improve extended weather forecasting abilities with the launch of a next-generation remote-sensing satellite. 

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The single-rotating advanced turboprop undergoes testing at Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) in the 1980s. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: The ATP Team Earned the Collier

Thirty years ago, NASA received the Robert J. Collier Trophy for a joint agency-industry project that revolutionized aeronautical propulsion—yet never flew commercially. 

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November 2017 APPEL News Digest Now Available

A new edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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European Service Module (ESM) during testing at Plum Brook Station, Sandusky, Ohio. Credit: ESA
International Collaboration Fuels Progress Toward EM-1

As Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) approaches, an international partnership prepares to propel humankind’s journey into deep space. 

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Apollo 4 on the launch pad at Complex 39. Apollo 4 was the first integrated test of all three stages of the Saturn V rocket. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Apollo 4’s Bold Move

Fifty years ago this month, Apollo 4 went “all-up” to propel the U.S. forward on its path toward manned missions to the moon. 

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