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Project Management Development: An APEX Year

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   As a member of the first class of the Ames Project Excellence (APEX) program, Pete Zell has had no trouble integrating his new skills with his day job.

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View from the Outside: Russia Launches Three GLONASS Satellites

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   Russia launched three GLONASS satellites into orbit on a Proton-M rocket on December 25, 2007 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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This Month in NASA History: 10th Anniversary of Lunar Prospector

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   Lunar Prospector was launched on January 6, 1998 to examine the origins and evolution of the moon and determine whether or not water ice is present in its polar regions.

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Message from the Academy Director: A Mission-Focused Workforce

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   When President Bush committed to a new direction in space with the Vision for Space Exploration in 2004, his directive gave all of us a challenge bold enough to last a lifetime. Indeed, it is a challenge to last several generations.

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Star Works: Back to the Future of High-Performing Teams

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   As work begins on the Lunar Lander Project at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), its project office has undertaken an unorthodox approach to engineering management. Nicknamed Star Works, it is loosely based on the Lockheed Skunk Works concept pioneered by Kelly Johnson during World War II.

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Academy Announces Curriculum Schedule for FY 2008

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   The NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership has announced its curriculum schedule for the new fiscal year.

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Masters Forum 15 Focuses on Innovation

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   Innovation was the theme of the Academy’s fifteenth Master Forum, which took place October 15-18, 2007, in Mesa, Arizona.

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Academy Case Study: The Gravity Probe B Launch Decision

January 9, 2008 Vol. 1, Issue 1   In the summer of 2003, Rex Geveden, Program Manager for Gravity Probe B at Marshall Space Flight Center, was eager to ship the spacecraft to Vandenberg Air Force Base for integration and testing and then launch.

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