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Brindley McGowan, Technical Education and Training Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Farewell, Brindley McGowan

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   After eleven years managing technical education and training at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Brindley McGowan bids NASA adieu.

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Working Lunch: Soviet Robotic Lunar and Planetary Exploration

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   The early Soviet probes to the moon, Mars, and Venus were a product of dogged persistence, according to Dr. Wesley Huntress.

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View from the Outside: Countering Optimism Bias in Government Projects

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   Social psychology research has helped shape the United Kingdom’s plan to improve estimates of government project parameters.

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This picture of the galaxy UGC 10214 was was taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), which was installed aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in March 2002 during HST Servicing Mission 3B (STS-109 mission). Dubbed the "Tadpole," this spiral galaxy is unlike the textbook images of stately galaxies. Its distorted shape was caused by a small interloper, a very blue, compact galaxy visible in the upper left corner of the more massive Tadpole. The Tadpole resides about 420 million light-years away in the constellation Draco. Seen shining through the Tadpole's disk, the tiny intruder is likely a hit-and-run galaxy that is now leaving the scene of the accident. Credit: NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center
This Month in NASA History: Hubble Spots a Hit-and-Run

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   Ten years ago this month, the Hubble Space Telescope saw its first “Tadpole” in space.

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Moscow appears at the center of this nighttime image photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station, flying at an altitude of approximately 240 miles on March 28, 2012. A solar array panel for the space station is on the left side of the frame. The view is to the north-northwest from a nadir of approximately 49.4 degrees north latitude and 42.1 degrees east longitude, about 100 miles west-northwest of Volgograd. The Aurora Borealis, airglow and daybreak frame the horizon.
Message from the Director: Hidden Risks

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   The risks associated with space exploration are not purely technical.

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Academy Brief: Risk Management II

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   A new course demonstrates a different mindset about managing risk at NASA.

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Panelists speak on the topic of line and project management at the 2012 Goddard Spring Masters Forum. (From right to left) Mansoor Ahmed, associate director for Astrophysics Projects Division, Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, head of the Systems Engineering Services and Advanced Concepts Branch, James O’Donnell, head of the Attitude Control Systems Engineering Branch, and Cathy Peddie, deputy project manager for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
Goddard Spring Masters Forum

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   Goddard practitioners and leaders reflected on successes, failures, and the challenges of working on complex projects.

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Bryan Fafaul, Glory Project Manager from Goddard Space Flight Center, talks about the launch of the GLORY mission during a news conference at NASA Headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Washington.
Balancing Risks for Glory

April 30, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 4   The Glory mishap provides a lesson about balancing risks to make the best decision possible.

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