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This Week in NASA History: 30th Anniversary of First Mars Landing

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10     On July 20, 1976, the Viking I Lander made history by becoming the first spacecraft to safely land on another planet when it touched down on the surface of Mars.

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A View From Outside: Bigelow Launches Inflatable Space Module

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10     A Russian Dnepr rocket carried Genesis I, a 3,000-pound expandable space module prototype, into orbit from the ISC Kosmotras launch complex in Russia on July 12, 2006.

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Message from the Chief Engineer: A Risk-Based Development Approach

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10   By Chris Scolese   This issue looks at several aspects of project management: some common pitfalls, the evolution of scheduling, the anniversary of one of NASA’s great project management success stories, and a government program that has had trouble meeting its initial performance […]

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NASA On the Hill: Congress Recommends $16.7B for NASA in FY07

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10   The Senate Appropriations Committee recommended last week that NASA receive just over $16.757 billion for Fiscal Year 2007.

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ASK OCE Interview: Five Questions for Dr. Henry Petroski

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10   Dr. Henry Petroski, a professor of both civil engineering and history at Duke University, is one of the nation’s foremost writers on engineering.

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Frank Martin’s Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10 When a project runs into serious trouble, aerospace veterans can usually trace the difficulties back to a core set of problems that occur over and over.

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GAO: TSAT Program Not Meeting Performance Goals

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10 The Department of Defense’s Transformational Satellite Communication System (TSAT) has not met its projected cost and schedule expectations and requires a more knowledge-based development approach to minimize project risk, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). TSAT is a key component […]

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The Future of U.S.-China Space Cooperation

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10 U.S. policymakers should engage in an open discussion about possible avenues for cooperation with China’s civilian space program, according to U.S. Representatives Mark S. Kirk (R-10-IL) and Rick Larsen (D-2-WA).

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Fifty Years on the Critical Path

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10 Engineering projects have been tied to schedules since the time of the pyramids, but the modern notion of project scheduling is only as old as spaceflight itself.

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