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The Coronavirus pandemic forced APPEL Knowledge Services to cancel all face-to-face training and convert more than 80 percent of its courses—such as this one, Cognitive Bias in Engineering Decision-Making with instructor Matthew Kohut—to virtual delivery. Credit: NASA/Donna Wilson
Leveraging Lessons Learned to Drive Mission Success

With a new category of courses, APPEL Knowledge Services is utilizing NASA’s wealth of organizational knowledge to help practitioners advance mission success. 

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Critical Knowledge inSight: Complexity in International Partnerships

NASA has learned many lessons about working with international partners during the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: After Math – Foamology and Flight Rationale
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: After Math – Foamology and Flight Rationale

After math solutions left question marks in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, the Space Shuttle Program faced challenges due to the complexity of analyzing foam and system behavior.

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Artist’s concept depicting the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator X-plane. Credit: NASA
NASA Surges Forward with 21st-Century X-Plane

With the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD), the first quiet supersonic X-plane, NASA intends to collect novel data in order to transform commercial supersonic aviation. 

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Members of the highly effective Apollo 13 team applaud the successful splashdown of the command module “Odyssey.” The group includes three of the four Apollo 13 flight directors (from left to right): Gerald D. Griffin, Eugene F. Kranz, and Glynn S. Lunney. In addition, Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, director, Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) and Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr., MSC deputy director, light up cigars (upper left). Credit: NASA
Supporting Effective Teamwork at NASA

What do all NASA projects have in common? Their success depends on teams of skilled professionals working together to solve problems and deliver results. 

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Image, captured by an onboard camera, of TESS separating from the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Credit: NASA
Agency Launches Full-Sky Exoplanet Hunter

On April 18, 2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to accelerate the agency’s search for life beyond Earth. 

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Discover INSIGHT from APPEL Knowledge Services

Welcome to INSIGHT: the new monthly publication from APPEL Knowledge Services. Sign up to expand your perspective on engineering, PM, knowledge management, and more. 

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Critical Knowledge Insight
Critical Knowledge inSight: Risk and Innovation Balance for Mission Success

At NASA, balancing the need to innovate to meet project requirements with the amount of risk you are able to tolerate is always an important consideration for leaders.

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Following the successful landing of the Space Shuttle Columbia, America’s first-ever reusable spacecraft, at Edwards Air Force Base on April 14, 1981, STS-1 Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen (in tan space suits) were greeted by members of the ground crew. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: STS-1 Revolutionized Spaceflight

On April 12, 1981, the Space Shuttle Program took off with Space Transportation System 1 (STS-1): the maiden voyage of the orbiter Columbia. 

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