APPEL Director Ed Hoffman hosts NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, and DLR Chairman of the Executive Board Johann-Dietrich Wörner at a special young professionals Masters with Masters at the 2011 International Astronautical Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Masters with Masters at IAC

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   Leaders from Europe, Africa, and the United States talked about the future of space exploration at the 2011 International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

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NASA APPEL Director Dr. Ed Hoffman shakes hands with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana. (From left to right: Stephen Angelillo, ACE Director, Ed Hoffman, APPEL Deputy Director Roger Forsgren, Bob Cabana.)
Academy Brief: Academy Center for Excellence

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   The Academy Center for Excellence (ACE) is open for business.

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The BLOODHOUND SSC Show Car outside Coutts Bank in The Strand, London. 17th October 2010. Project Director, Richard Noble OBE
Something to Shout About: Bloodhound Supersonic Car

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   The Bloodhound Supersonic Car aims to set a new land speed record and a new standard for openness in projects.

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XFV-12A on ramp at NAA in Columbus, Ohio
Young Professional Brief: Maciej Zborowski

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   Maciej “Mac” Zborowski is restoring the fuselage of a XFV-12A plane found in the middle of a vacant field so he can share its story with the public.

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Work on the heat shield and thermal protection backshell of the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle ground test article, or GTA, was completed in preparation for environmental testing. This image is of the crew vehicle at the Lockheed Martin Vertical Test Facility in Colorado. The crew vehicle will undergo rigorous testing to confirm its ability to safely fly astronauts through all the harsh environments of deep space exploration missions. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin
International Brief: Global Exploration Roadmaps

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) released the 2011 Global Exploration Roadmap.

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LEO is the region of space within 2,000 km of the Earth's surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. Approximately 95% of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites. The dots represent the current location of each item. The orbital debris dots are scaled according to the image size of the graphic to optimize their visibility and are not scaled to Earth.
Research Brief: NRC Evaluates NASA’s Orbital Debris Programs

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   In order to enhance the benefits of its meteoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) programs, NASA should re-prioritize, re-focus, and expand the programs efforts, according to a recent report from the National Research Council.

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Saturn blockhouse personnel at Launch Complex 37 during the liftoff of SA-3 include Center Director Kurt Debus and Wernher von Braun (foreground). Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Attaining Extreme Altitude with Saturn I

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first flight of the Saturn I rocket.

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A 1.9-second ignition test of the J-2X rocket engine is conducted on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
Young Professional Brief: Jennifer Franzo

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   Mother of two, 27-year-old Jennifer Franzo loves a good rocket engine test.

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