A tiny representation of the sun sneaks through between a truss-based radiator panel and a primary solar array panel on the Earth-orbiting International Space Station in this photograph taken by one of the Expedition 38 crew members on Jan. 2, 2014. Clouds over Earth and the blackness of space share the background scene.
The Metronome Hack

By Haley Stephenson A smartphone app set the tempo for a fix to bring the International Space Station (ISS) back online after a thermal system failed.

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NASA's Knowledge Map
Creating NASA’s Knowledge Map

By Matthew Kohut and Haley Stephenson   Need to understand something about engine cutoff sensors, the physiological impact of extended stays in low-Earth orbit, or how to drive a rover on Mars? That kind of specialized expertise exists at NASA, and often nowhere else.

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Software Engineering Handbook Illustration
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Software Engineering at NASA

By Haley Stephenson   Using a wiki platform, the NASA Software Engineering Working Group has set a new precedent for collaboratively authoring, reviewing, and enabling interactivity for handbooks at NASA.

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NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams appears to touch the bright sun during a third session of extravehicular activity. Williams and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Aki Hoshide (visible in the reflections of Williams’ helmet visor) completed installation of a main bus switching unit. Photo Credit: NASA
The Toothbrush Hack

By Haley Stephenson   Collaborative problem solving, a jumper lead, and a toothbrush turned around an unsuccessful late-August spacewalk.

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The Bloodhound SSC show car at the Bloodhound Technical Center.
Something to Shout About: Bloodhound Supersonic Car

By Haley Stephenson   The Bloodhound Supersonic Car aims to set a new land-speed record and a new standard for openness in projects.

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Coastal flooding after Hurricane Ike.
Weathering Ike

By Haley Stephenson   Opening the International Space Station under normal circumstances is challenging. Doing it during the third-costliest hurricane to hit the United States is another story.

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Space radiation hitting cell DNA.
Factoring in Humans

By Haley Stephenson   To a rocket scientist, you are a problem. You are the most irritating piece of machinery he or she will ever have to deal with. You and your fluctuating metabolism, your puny memory, your frame that comes in a million different configurations. You are unpredictable. You’re inconsistent. You take weeks to […]

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The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise rides smoothly atop NASA's first shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905, during the first of the shuttle program's approach and landing tests at Dryden Flight Research Center in 1977.
From Sketch Pad to Launchpad

By Haley Stephenson   For Tom Moser, getting the first shuttle off the ground took more than technical know-how.

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