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Graphic showing the configuration of the MSL Descent Stage for the final mechanical walkdown. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Conduct a Final Mechanical Walkdown Prior to Spacecraft Integration with the Launch Vehicle

Independent mechanical walkdowns of spacecraft are sometimes credited with discovering discrepancies that could have interfered with mission success.

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Screenshot of Keith Walyus looking at the camera and speaking during his interview. Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Stay Focused on the Mission

A program manager needs to stay mission-focused in order to reach success.

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This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 99: Webb Space Telescope’s First Year

NASA James Webb Space Telescope Mission Systems Engineer Mike Menzel discusses highlights of the observatory’s first year in space.

Guests watch the launch of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft on the Artemis I flight test, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, from Operations and Support Building II at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Featured Video: NASA 2022: A Year of Success

Throughout America’s story, there are defining days. Days when minds change, hearts fill and imagination soar.

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The European robotic arm is pictured extending out from the International Space Station's Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. Credit: NASA
November 2022 INSIGHT Now Available

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

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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft flying through space with its antenna pointing to Earth. The background is black and speckled with stars. A vibrant blue streak of gas cloud cuts diagonally through the black of space. Credit: NASA/JPL
Podcast Episode 98: Voyager

Voyager Project Manager Suzanne Dodd discusses NASA’s longest-operating mission and the only spacecraft to explore interstellar space.

Screenshot of Terry O'Malley speaking and gesturing with his hand during his interview. Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Challenges of Out-of-House Project Work

Out-of-house work brings some specific challenges for a NASA project manager.

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As a momentous year at NASA draws to a close, some members of the technical workforce—many with decades of specialized experience—are considering a personal milestone: retirement. Credit: NASA
Transition to New Year Often Brings Retirements

APPEL KS offers tools, tips for knowledge capture and transfer. 

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This is one of a series of photos taken by the Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station during the March 3, 2013 approach, capture and docking of the SpaceX Dragon. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Lessons Learned from NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program

NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program provides a starting point for formulation, design, management, and implementation of future public-private capability development partnerships.

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