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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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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Open-Door Innovation

Open-Door Innovation

By Andrew Petro   The idea behind NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, which offers cash prizes for successful solutions to important and clearly defined technical problems, is that innovation can come from anywhere.

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NextGen: Preparing for More Crowded Skies

By Kerry Ellis   NASA is working with other agencies to prepare for ever-increasing air traffic.

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