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In this artist's concept illustration, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander begins to shut down operations as winter sets in. The far-northern latitudes on Mars experience no sunlight during winter. This will mark the end of the mission because the solar panels can no longer charge the batteries on the lander. Frost covering the region as the atmosphere cools will bury the lander in ice.
How to Create a Conversation with a Mars Mission

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6   Effectively telling the story of a NASA mission means connecting the audience, the storyteller, and the project team in a conversation.

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Enrico Casarosa, director of the Oscar-nominated Pixar short La Luna, painting in watercolor.
View from the Outside: Creating Pixar’s La Luna

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6 To get to “infinity and beyond,” sometimes you have to start at the moon.

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Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew.
Academy Bookshelf — To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6 When something fails, we are often quick to find fault with the design. It is easy to forget that the design is us, according to Henry Petroski.

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Academy Archive: The Story of JPL Stories

June 29, 2012  — Vol. 5, Issue 6   Our most important knowledge isn’t in a database and it’s not in a computer application. It’s in our stories.

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View looking through Mir Space Station Base Block periscope with the Spektr module and Earth limb in view.
This Month in NASA History: Progress Collides with Mir

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6   Fifteen years ago this month, a docking test gone awry resulted in a one-inch-square hole in the Mir space station.

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The audience waits for Astronaut Ron Garan to appear at a NASA Headquarters Tweetup in on February 15, 2012.
Message from the Director: Social Media and the Project Manager

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6   Should project managers be required to have training in social media?

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Mark Langley, president and CEO of PMI, speaks about Pulse of the Profession: Driving Success in Challenging Times, the newest edition of PMI’s global survey featuring feedback and insights from more than 1,000 project management leaders and practitioners. A panel discussion followed Mark’s presentation, including, Ed Hoffman, and Eleanor Silverman – facilitated by Ed Rogers. The event was held in the Building 8 auditorium. Credit: NASA
Knowledge Brief: Pulse of the PM Profession

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6 Talent and portfolio management are central to success for today’s organizations, according to Mark Langley, President and CEO of the Project Management Institute.

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Class photo of the 2012 Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (SELDP) graduates with NASA Chief Engineer Mike Ryschkewitsch (far left), Boeing Chief Engineer Paul Lambertson (second from left), and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden (center).
Academy Brief: 2012 SELDP Class Graduates

June 29, 2012 — Vol. 5, Issue 6   The 2012 Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (SELDP) graduated nine new systems engineers.

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