ASK Reader Response

In the fall 2009 issue of ASK, Ed Hoffman wrote that the excessive optimism or pessimism of project teams can obscure the realities they need to understand to carry out their projects successfully.

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ASK Bookshelf (ASK 38)

Here are descriptions of two books that we believe will interest ASK readers.

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On the Cover — Issue 38, Spring 2010

This space-station view of Los Angeles was taken by Astronaut Donald Pettit, who lived aboard the International Space Station for five and a half months. The city is defined by yellow-orange, sodium-vapor-lit streets in north-south, east-west grids. In between the main streets it is relatively dark due to the design of street lighting that minimizes […]

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Are We Alone? Answering This Question Is Not a Lone Venture

Are We Alone? Answering This Question Is Not a Lone Venture

By Wendy Dolci, Ed Goolish, and Carl Pilcher   How does life begin and evolve? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? What is the future of life on Earth and beyond?

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Anatomy of a Mishap Investigation

Anatomy of a Mishap Investigation

By Rick Obenschain   On February 24, 2009, a Taurus XL launch vehicle carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Interview with William Gerstenmaier

By Don Cohen   The associate administrator for Space Operations talks about his early NASA experience and the collaborative “miracle” of the International Space Station.

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Cities at Night: An Orbital Perspective

Cities at Night: An Orbital Perspective

  By Donald Pettit Cities at night, when viewed from orbit, offer a spectacular display.

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Space Exploration in the 21st Century: Global Opportunities and Challenges

By Jean-Jacques Dordain   The director general of the European Space Agency says the future of space exploration depends on global cooperation.

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