Back to Top
Workers study Hubble’s main, eight-foot (2.4 m) mirror. The flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope’s optics was due in part to reductions in testing to save money.
ASK Magazine Archive: Success, Failure, and NASA Culture

January 26, 2012: Volume 5, Issue 1   The root causes of failure are often cultural, not technical, according to Dr. Stephen B. Johnson.

Read More
The prime crew of Apollo 1, Virgil I "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White, II, and Roger B. Chaffee, during training in Florida. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Apollo 1 – Abandon in Place

January 26, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 1   Forty-five years ago this month, a cry let out from the Apollo 1 capsule, “There’s a fire in here.”

Read More
The International Space Station can be seen as a small object in upper left of this image of the moon in the early evening Jan. 4 in the skies over the Houston area flying at an altitude of 390.8 kilometers (242.8 miles).
Message from the Academy Director: Is Strategy a Fool’s Errand?

January 26, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 1   Given the complexity of projects today, the limits of hindsight, and the human inability to predict the future, is strategy a waste of time?

Read More
President John F. Kennedy in his historic message to a joint session of the Congress, on May 25, 1961 declared, "...I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
A Strategic Decision: Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous

January 26, 2012: Volume 5, Issue 1   Landing a man on the moon and safely returning him to Earth before the end of the decade came down to choosing the best strategy.

Read More