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Artist’s concept of the TIMED spacecraft.
This Month in NASA History Launch of TIMED

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   Too high for weather balloons, too low for satellites, the “ignorosphere” can’t hide from the TIMED mission, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of its launch this month. We’re all a little less ignorant about what lies 40-110 miles above us, thanks to the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics […]

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70-meter Deep Space Station at Goldstone, California
Academy Archive: Space-to-Space Communications Case Study

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   Project managers need the right resources — including the talent — at the beginning of the project, not the end.

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Academy Bookshelf: Thinking, Fast and Slow

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   Daniel Kahneman reflects on a lifetime of learning about how we actually make decisions.

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The new Propellants North facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida made "green" a priority in design and construction.
Rethinking Infrastructure: Propellants North

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   Nearly a year after opening, Kennedy Space Center’s Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility serves as a test bed for a new wave of infrastructure at NASA.

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An artist’s concept of the TDRS-K communication satellite.
Academy Interview: TDRS K Project Manager Jeff Gramling

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   TDRS K project manager Jeff Gramling shared some thoughts with ASK the Academy on managing a communications satellite project.

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Urban areas at night. Photo Credit: NASA/DLR
Academy Brief: Collaboration with DLR

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   Academy Director Dr. Ed Hoffman met with representatives of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to discuss an international agreement on project manager and workforce development.

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Construction of pad A, LC-39. (4) Same view two months later; pad 39A essentially complete. The flame deflector would move along the tracks in the foreground. The crawlerway enters the picture in the upper right, passes the service structure (née arming tower) in its parking position, and makes a near-90 degree turn in the upper left to approach the pad.
Message from the Academy Director Unsung Heroes

December 22, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 10   Infrastructure is all around us, and yet most of us rarely give it a second thought.

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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.
Academy Brief: Lean, Clean and Green

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   NASA won a GreenGov Presidential Award based on nine NASA projects that were nominated, including the Academy’s “Green Engineering” course.

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Image of landslides in the Melas Chasma on Mars taken by Mariner 9. November 13, 1971 is a red-letter date in the history of exploration. Thirty-one years ago today the American spacecraft, Mariner 9, became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.
This Month in NASA History: Mariner 9

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Forty years ago this month, Mariner 9 became the first mission to orbit another planet.

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