YF-12 Blackbird in Flight
This Month in NASA History: The YF-12 Blackbird

This month marks 34 years since the close of NASA’s YF-12 Blackbird research program, which yielded a wealth of knowledge about supersonic flight.

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NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden (left) and Stennis Space Center Director Patrick Scheuermann view a test firing of the first Aerojet AJ26 flight engine. Once flight acceptance is achieved, the engine will power the first stage of Orbital’s Taurus II space launch vehicle on commercial cargo missions to the International Space Station. NASA has partnered with Orbital to provide eight cargo missions to the space station, with the first scheduled for early 2012.
Academy Brief: HMTA Module Released

A new Health and Medical Technical Authority training module is now available to NASA’s engineering and safety workforce.

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The X-15 pilots clown around in front of the #2 aircraft. From left to right: USAF Capt. Joseph Engle, USAF Maj. Robert Rushworth, NASA test pilot John "Jack" McKay, USAF Maj. William "Pete" Knight, NASA test pilot Milton Thompson, and NASA test pilot William Dana.
Academy Case Study: Knowledge Legacy – From the X-15 to the Space Shuttle

A new Academy case study examines how the X-15 program provided a knowledge base that informed the development of the space shuttle.

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NASA scientist Dr. John C. Mather shows some of the earliest data from the NASA Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) spacecraft during a press conference held on Oct. 6, 2006, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. Mather shares the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics with George F. Smoot of the University of California for their collaborative work on understanding the Big Bang.
How to Do Successful Science at NASA: An Introduction

Every successful Principal Investigator-led team stands on the shoulders of giants.

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Picture of NASA Procedural Requirement 7150.2A, which outlines NASA’s software engineering requirements.
NASA’s Software Engineering Handbook Released

The Software Engineering Working Group has released NASA’s first-ever electronic handbook for agency practitioners.

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The work of the United States federal government has a real effect on people’s lives. The American people deserve a highly effective government that in turn requires an engaged, well-prepared, and well-trained workforce. APPEL's second ELK event addressed this important issue with leaders from NASA, FBI, OPM, and Human Systems International.
ELK #2: Developing Talent in the Federal Workforce

Leaders from NASA, FBI, OPM, and abroad discuss the relationship between talent management and organizational success.

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Mike Lipka
CKO Corner: NSC’s Mike Lipka

Mike Lipka offers insight into the knowledge management services offered by the NASA Safety Center.

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NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. This image compresses eight individual frames, from a movie showing 51 months of position and exposure data by Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT), into a single snapshot. The pattern reflects numerous motions of the spacecraft, including its orbit around Earth, the precession of its orbital plane, the manner in which the LAT nods north and south on alternate orbits, and more.
Message from the CKO: A Vocabulary for Knowledge at NASA

How should we describe the different kinds of knowledge activities taking place across NASA?

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