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Podcast Episode 115: NASA Trade and Technical Professionals, Part 1

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Engineering Technicians Jason Nelson, Kyle Whitfield, and Alex Zamora discuss their essential contributions to NASA missions.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly (left) and Terry Virts (right) work on a Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) inside the station's Japanese Experiment Module. Photo Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: ‘Deconfiguration’ Prevention

Integrated coordination of tasks involving common hardware used by different teams minimizes the impact of configuration changes.

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LaRC Aircraft in front of Hangar, Building 1244 in 1994. Photo Credit: NASA Langley Research Center
Podcast Episode 114: Last Stop Before Retirement

NASA Langley Research Center Retired Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell discusses highlights of his 60-year NASA career and the future of the agency.

Image showing asteroid Bennu's surface with text overlayed: "On September 24 OSIRIS-REx Returns."
Featured Video: OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Trailer

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid, will return to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023, with material from asteroid Bennu.

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NASA’s X-59 aircraft is parked near the runway at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, on June 19, 2023. This is where the X-59 will be housed during ground and initial flight tests. Credits: Lockheed Martin
July 2023 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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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Orbital Space Plane – Engineers as Smart Buyers

Good acquisition management emphasizes not only what – but how – to buy.

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Captured on Oct. 20, 2020 during the OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this image shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu’s surface. Photo Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 113: OSIRIS REx Sample Return Preparation

OSIRIS-REx Mission Systems Engineer Ron Mink discusses preparation for the return of the United States’ first asteroid sample from space to Earth.

Screenshot of Cynthia Simmons speaking during her interview. Photo Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Decisive and Rational Decision-Making for Project Managers

A project manager needs to adapt to changing circumstances that arise during their project.

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A high-resolution free-air gravity map based on GRAIL data, overlaid on terrain based on LRO altimeter (LOLA) and camera (LROC) data. The view is south-up, with the south pole near the horizon in the upper left and the crescent Earth in the distance. The terminator crosses the eastern rim of the Schrödinger basin. Gravity is painted onto the areas that are in or near the night side. Red corresponds to mass excesses and blue to mass deficits. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 112: TechLeap Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge

NASA TechLeap Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge Manager Greg Peters discusses the lunar landing challenge.