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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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Academy Bookshelf: Built on Values

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   An organization’s culture can motivate employees to do the right thing if its values are clear and systems are designed to reinforce them, writes Ann Rhoades.

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Academy Archive — Getting to “Yes”: The Flight Readiness Review

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   Technical rigor and open communication led to the successful conclusion of a challenging FRR.

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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the integrated Mars Observer/Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS) payload is ready for encapsulation in the Titan III nose fairing. The TOS booster maiden flight was dedicated to Thomas O. Paine, a former NASA administrator who strongly supported interplanetary exploration and was an early backer of the TOS program.
This Month in NASA: History Mars Observer Lost

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   No physical evidence, no telemetry data. To solve what happened to the Mars Observer after it disappeared, the Mishap Investigation Board had to take a different approach.

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On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan used a high definition camera to film one of the sixteen sunrises astronauts see each day. This image shows the rising sun as the station flew along a path between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Message from the Academy Director: Risk and Values

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   What does risk have to do with values? Everything, it turns out.

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Academy Presentation: Mission, Values and Projects

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   Academy Director Dr. Ed Hoffman delivered a keynote address at an international project management conference about how missions reflect values.

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Astronauts Mary L. Cleve and Bryan D. O'Connor look toward the camera during an integrated simulation for the STS-6 mission. The two are at the spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) console in the mission operations control room (MOCR) of the JSC mission control center.
Academy Exit Interview: Bryan O’Connor

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   On his last day in the office, Bryan O’Connor, Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance, spoke with ASK the Academy.

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Cameras inside of explosion-proof enclosures near Launch Pad 39-A .
Shuttle Trackers

September 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 7   A team of thirty-five trackers worked together to provide the photographic story of a space shuttle launch.

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