On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in activity from a C3-class solar flare
On the Cover Issue 45, Winter 2012

On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in activity from a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection, and more. This extreme ultraviolet snapshot from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows the sun’s northern hemisphere in mid-eruption. Different […]

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NASA in the News NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed its first discovery of a planet in the “habitable zone,” the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface.

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The NEAR spacecraft undergoing preflight preparation in the Spacecraft Assembly Encapsulation Facility-2 at Kennedy Space Center.
Rendezvous with an Asteroid

By Andrew Cheng   NEAR was the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, the first launch in NASA’s Discovery Program—and the first dedicated asteroid mission. The plan was to insert the vehicle into orbit around Eros, one of the larger near-Earth asteroids. Not everything went according to plan.

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Managing Stakeholder Styles to Optimize Decision Making
Managing Stakeholder Styles to Optimize Decision Making

By Vania Neves   We make many decisions every day. Should we wait patiently for the green light to cross the street or risk an accident? Should we buy something we want or save money for the future?

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Whats Next for NASA? The end of the Space Shuttle program marks the end of an era for NASA, but not the end of NASA’s ambitious goals for space exploration, aeronautics, science, and technology.

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Why Wikis at NASA?
Why Wikis at NASA?

By Jon Verville, Patricia Jones, and Mark Rober   How Does a Wiki Work? The NASA workforce is hungry for ways to improve collaboration. Wikis can help—and are helping—to do that.

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Coastal flooding after Hurricane Ike.
Weathering Ike

By Haley Stephenson   Opening the International Space Station under normal circumstances is challenging. Doing it during the third-costliest hurricane to hit the United States is another story.

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Viewpoint: Putting the Science Back in Rocket Science

By Glen A. Robertson One hundred years from now there will exist technologies that today’s science fiction writers have yet to dream of. Many of these technologies will come from theories, ideas, and concepts that are laughable today.

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