In This Issue (ASK 34)

Don Cohen, Managing Editor To accomplish its mission of developing new launch vehicles and manned spacecraft, NASA must excel at learning. We need to learn lessons from the extraordinary technical advances that culminated in the moon landings of the sixties.

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Apollo 12: A Detective Story

Apollo 12: A Detective Story

By Gene Meieran Almost forty years ago, when I worked for Fairchild Semiconductor, I received an unusual telephone call from Andy Procassini, head of Fairchild Quality Assurance.

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Building the Team: The Ares I-X Upper-Stage Simulator

Building the Team: The Ares I-X Upper-Stage Simulator

By Matthew Kohut The opportunity to build a new launch vehicle that can loft humans into space does not come along often.

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ESA, NASA, and the International Space Station

ESA, NASA, and the International Space Station

By Alan Thirkettle From the 1970s until the end of the twentieth century, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA cooperated on a range of human space flight programs.

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Mars Science Laboratory: Integrating Science and  Engineering Teams

Mars Science Laboratory: Integrating Science and Engineering Teams

By Ashwin R. Vasavada NASA’s robotic exploration of Mars represents, perhaps more than any other human endeavor, both a scientific and an engineering achievement.

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Project Lessons from Code Breakers and Code Makers

Project Lessons from Code Breakers and Code Makers

By John Emond You may wonder what on Earth World War II code has to do with NASA in the twenty-first century. It’s a fair question.

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Plan, Train, and Fly: Mission Operations from Apollo to Shuttle

Plan, Train, and Fly: Mission Operations from Apollo to Shuttle

By John O’Neill Personnel at the Mission Operations Directorate at the Johnson Space Center are the final integrators of the planning and execution steps that must occur to get from mission definition and design to flight.

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From Generation to Generation: Filling the Knowledge Gaps

From Generation to Generation: Filling the Knowledge Gaps

By Jim Hodges In 2006, when the staff of the Aeroelasticity Branch at NASA’s Langley Research Center learned that it would test ground wind loads for the Ares I-X launch test vehicle, Donald Keller and Thomas Ivanco went in search of history.

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