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On the Cover — Issue 41, Winter 2011

The small open star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the NGC 6357 nebula in Scorpius, about 8,000 light-years away from Earth.

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On the Cover — Issue 40, Fall 2010

Contrails are seen as workers leave the Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center after the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery and the start of the STS-131 mission. After its nearly thirty-year history of human spaceflight achievements, the Space Shuttle is nearing its final planned launch. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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NASA in the News NASA’s Space Shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981.

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Masten Space Systems' "Xombie" vehicle ascending during its first flight.
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NASA in the News   NASA is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Centennial Challenges, a program of incentive prizes designed for the “citizen inventor” that generates creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation.

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On the Cover — Issue 39, Summer 2010


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ASK Reader Response

In the fall 2009 issue of ASK, Ed Hoffman wrote that the excessive optimism or pessimism of project teams can obscure the realities they need to understand to carry out their projects successfully.

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ASK Bookshelf (ASK 38)

Here are descriptions of two books that we believe will interest ASK readers.

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NASA in the News   New observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory provide evidence for powerful “winds” blowing away from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy.

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On the Cover — Issue 38, Spring 2010

This space-station view of Los Angeles was taken by Astronaut Donald Pettit, who lived aboard the International Space Station for five and a half months. The city is defined by yellow-orange, sodium-vapor-lit streets in north-south, east-west grids. In between the main streets it is relatively dark due to the design of street lighting that minimizes […]

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