On the Cover — Issue 46, Spring 2012

On the Cover — Issue 46, Spring 2012

Astronomers used the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) telescope to take this deep image in ultraviolet light of the sprawling spiral galaxy M81, hoping to learn where it kept its hot stars. Hot stars emit more ultraviolet than cool stars, and are frequently associated with young, open clusters of stars and energetic star-forming regions. Less than […]

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University Capstone Projects: Small Investments Big Rewards

University Capstone Projects: Small Investments Big Rewards

By Laurie Stauber   Looking for solutions to vexing technical problems can sometimes yield serendipitous results. Here at Glenn Research Center, the search for new medical expertise that will be needed for long-duration spaceflight has led to an unexpected, mutually beneficial relationship with several universities.

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One Person’s Mentoring Experience

One Person’s Mentoring Experience

By Natalie Henrich   Calling all mentees and mentors for ACES class of 2012-2013. That was the headline that grabbed my attention and ultimately led to my participation in a formal mentoring program. ACES is an acronym for Advancing Careers and Employee Success.

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Back to the Future: KSC Swamp Works

Back to the Future: KSC Swamp Works

By Kerry Ellis   After the retirement of the Space Shuttle and completion of the International Space Station, NASA has been looking toward what’s next in human space exploration.

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Creating NASA’s Knowledge Map

Creating NASA’s Knowledge Map

By Matthew Kohut and Haley Stephenson   Need to understand something about engine cutoff sensors, the physiological impact of extended stays in low-Earth orbit, or how to drive a rover on Mars? That kind of specialized expertise exists at NASA, and often nowhere else.

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The Road to New Flight Software

The Road to New Flight Software

By Christopher Krupiarz   In 2004, my group in the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) was presented with a critical opportunity and challenge.

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Tales from a Five-Sided Building

Tales from a Five-Sided Building

By Stephen Garber What is it like to work at the Pentagon? From November 2012 to April 2013, I was fortunate enough to do a six-month “detail” there.

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Lessons on Leadership: The Evolution of the Radiation Protection Project

Lessons on Leadership: The Evolution of the Radiation Protection Project

By Keith L. Woodman and Debi Tomek Occasionally, you get the rare, pleasurable experience of watching a project flourish even when confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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