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Manned Manuevering Unit (MMU)
Message from the Director: In Search of Answers

Vol. 5, Issue 9 Where do you go to find what you don’t know?

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Michael Bell, KSC Chief Knowledge Officer, standing in front of Atlantis before her last launch, STS-135, and the last mission of the Space Shuttle Program.
CKO Corner: KSC’s Michael Bell

Vol. 5, Issue 9 Kennedy Space Center’s Michael Bell talks about the state of knowledge at his center.

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Academy Brief: NASA Receives IACET Recognition

Vol. 5, Issue 9 NASA received international recognition for the quality of its professional development activities.

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Agnieszka Lukaszczyk
Academy Interview: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Vol. 5, Issue 9 Once told shed never make it in the space sector, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk shares what it took to build her career.

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This eerie, dark structure, resembling an imaginary sea serpent's head, is a column of cool molecular hydrogen gas (two atoms of hydrogen in each molecule) and dust that is an incubator for new stars. It is found in the "Eagle Nebula" (also called M16 -- the 16th object in Charles Messier's 18th century catalog of "fuzzy" permanent objects in the sky), a nearby star-forming region 7,000 light-years away in the constellation Serpens. The picture was taken on April 1, 1995 with the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.
Academy Bookshelf: Visual Strategies

September 27, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 9   You dont have to be a graphic designer to tell the visual story of your scientific and engineering data well.

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The boulder-strewn field of red rocks reaches to the horizon nearly two miles from Viking 2 on Mars' Utopian Plain. Scientists believe the colors of the Martian surface and sky in this photo represent their true colors. Fine particles of red dust have settled on spacecraft surfaces. The salmon color of the sky is caused by dust particles suspended in the atmosphere. Color calibration charts for the cameras are mounted at three locations on the spacecraft. Note the blue star field and red stripes of the flag. The circular structure at top is the high-gain antenna, pointed toward Earth.Viking 2 landed September 3,1976, some 4600 miles from its twin, Viking 1, which touched down on July 20.
ASK Archive: Class Act

September 27, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 9   We were in the design phase for Viking, and I didn’t see how it was possible for me to leave the project at that point.

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As of August 30, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Observatory successfully completed Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility testing at Orbital Science Corporation’s facility in Gilbert, Arizona. It will next undergo a series of tests to validate that it can survive the launch environment.
Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Ready for Environmental Testing

September 27, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 9 Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) engineers overcame two obstacles to keep the mission on track for a launch readiness date of February 11, 2013.

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Artist’s drawing of the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which launched on September 5, 1977.
This Month in NASA History: Voyager, the Path Forward—Then and Now

September 27, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 9   Thirty-five years after the Voyager program started, the twin spacecraft have surpassed all expectations.

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