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Academy Bookshelf: The Ambiguities of Experience

January 31, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 1   Experience is the best teacher, right? Not so fast, says James March of Stanford University.

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Academy Publications: Annual Report, Year In Knowledge, ASK the Academy Anthology

January 31, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 1   2010 was a year of dramatic change for NASA. With major programmatic changes in human spaceflight, proposed significant investments in technology development, a new National Space Policy and the pending retirement of the space shuttle, the agency operated in a highly dynamic environment.

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Research Brief: Lessons for Space Debris

January 31, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 1   A recent RAND study recommends the development of remediation methods in addition to mitigation processes for orbital space debris based on lessons from nine parallel problem areas.

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McAuliffe undergoing pre-flight training experiences weightlessness during a KC-135 "vomit comet" flight. Credit: NASA
Reflections on Challenger by Bryan O’Connor

Vol. 4, Issue 1   On the 25th anniversary of the Challenger accident, a story by Bryan O’Connor offers a powerful reflection on the dangers of organizational silence.

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Young Professionals Brief: Jen Keyes

January 31, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 1   An offhand response landed Jennifer Keyes a chance to work at NASA, leading to ten years of unexpected opportunities.

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The SOFIA airborne observatory's 2.5-meter infrared telescope peers out from its cavity in the SOFIA rear fuselage during nighttime line operations testing. Photo Credit: NASA
Academy Brief: The SELDP Year from Three Perspectives

January 31, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 1   There’s no clear path to become a top systems engineer, but as three engineers experienced, learning on the job is an important part of the process.

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Flight Director Gene Kranz (foreground) and Dr. Christopher Kraft (background) in the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, during the Gemini 5 flight.
Message from the Academy Director: Creating the Story

January 31, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 1   Your job is the story.

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