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Graphic showing the Small Steps, Giant Leaps podcast logo featuring a graphic of astronaut leaping from Moon to Mars. The text at top left reads New Podcast Episode. Below is a Listen Now button. At the right third of the image, a bouquet of zinnia flowers appears to float in space. The picture was taken from the space station's cupola, which has windows that face Earth and space. Above the flowers are the words #133: The Science of Space Gardening. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 133: The Science of Space Gardening

Growing vegetables in orbit? We’re doing that. Learn about food crop production in space and potential spinoff benefits for people on Earth.

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June 2024 INSIGHT Now Available

Don’t miss the latest issue of INSIGHT, APPEL Knowledge Services’ online publication featuring our new podcast episodes, columns, articles, lessons learned and more. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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Podcast Episode 132: Orbital Debris: Reducing Risk with Cost-Effective Strategies

A new NASA report titled Cost and Benefit Analysis of Mitigating, Tracking, and Remediating Orbital Debris compares the cost-effectiveness of several strategies that could reduce the risk of collisions between spacecraft, including the space station, and orbital debris.

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An artist’s concept design of NASA’s Lunar Terrain Vehicle. Two astronauts ride aboard this imagined version. Its lights are on. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 131: The Artemis Lunar Terrain Vehicle

The Artemis Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) will help astronauts explore the surface of the Moon like never before. Applying lessons learned from Apollo could help future surface missions to the Moon – and Mars.

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Featured Video: Edward C. Stone, Explorer. 1936-2024

Edward C. Stone, former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and longtime project scientist of the Voyager mission, passed away on June 9, 2024. He was 88 years old. In this 2018 video, Stone talks about the Voyager 2 spacecraft reaching interstellar space, six years after Voyager 1 reached the same milestone.

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Technicians integrate NASA’s PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) payload inside the Rocket Lab Electron rocket payload fairing on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the company’s facility in New Zealand. The agency’s PREFIRE mission to study heat loss to space in Earth’s polar regions will launch two CubeSats on two different flights aboard Rocket Lab's Electron rockets from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in Māhia, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Rocket Lab
May 2024 INSIGHT Now Available

Don’t miss the latest issue of INSIGHT, APPEL Knowledge Services’ online publication featuring our new podcast episodes, columns, articles, lessons learned and more. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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Ingenuity sits on Mars. It resembles a small box with four landing legs and rotors on top. The terrain is brownish-red with scattered pebbles and rocks. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 130: Ingenuity’s Final Flight: Lessons Learned

In this episode, Teddy Tzanetos, project manager for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, tells us about what we’re still learning from Ingenuity’s final flight and how risk management can be used for opportunities.

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During the 2017 APPEL KS International Project Management course, NASA and international participants conducted meetings to highlight the keys of effective international collaborations. Photo Credit: NASA
A Guide for Capturing Knowledge and Lessons Learned in Meetings

Meetings can be designed and executed as an effective knowledge capture and sharing tool.

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Podcast Episode 129: Accelerating Discoveries with Open Science

In this episode, Dr. Chelle Gentemann, Open Science Program Scientist for the Office of the Chief Science Data Officer, explains NASA’s initiative to make science more collaborative, accessible, and inclusive. Known as Transform to Open Science, or TOPS, the program encourages increased access to research and data. 

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