Monument at Complex 14 for the Friendship 7 mission flown by John Glenn, Jr., on February 20, 1962.
Young Professional: Brief Jen Scheer

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Jen Scheer had a great idea to restore Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations Launch Complex 14. But sometimes having the great idea just isnt enough.

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NASA Brief: “Inspector General Reports on 2011 Top Management and Performance Challenges”

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Project management was one of NASA’s top five management and performance challenges in 2011, according to a report by Inspector General Paul K. Martin.

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A View from the Outside: Technical Excellence and Systems Engineering

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Technical excellence is critical for engineering organizations. How one defines, achieves, and maintains it is another question, according to William W. Vaughan of the University of Alabama.

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Image of landslides in the Melas Chasma on Mars taken by Mariner 9. November 13, 1971 is a red-letter date in the history of exploration. Thirty-one years ago today the American spacecraft, Mariner 9, became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.
This Month in NASA History: Mariner 9

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Forty years ago this month, Mariner 9 became the first mission to orbit another planet.

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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.
Academy Brief: Lean, Clean and Green

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   NASA won a GreenGov Presidential Award based on nine NASA projects that were nominated, including the Academy’s “Green Engineering” course.

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Image of an uncoated quartz rotor and half a housing on a sheet of diamond- plate steel.
Message from the Academy Director: Focus and Flexibility

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   The paradox of project execution is that it requires both single-minded focus and the flexibility to change course when needed.

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Steve Jolly being filmed at APPEL’s fourth Principal Investigator Forum in Annapolis, Maryland.
Knowledge Brief: Principal Investigator Forum 4

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Principal investigators, project managers, and project scientists gathered to exchange stories and knowledge at the fourth Principal Investigator Team Masters Forum in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Nina Marsalek, LAUNCH innovator and COO of The Solanterns Initiative, presents to the LAUNCH council.
LAUNCH Energy: Leveraging Collective Genius

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Ten energy innovations launched to change the world.

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