Nurturing Trust

By Ron Taylor   In my father’s generation, leaders were expected to give orders and workers were expected to take them. You did what you were told to do or you were fired.

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SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly instrument captured this image after a solar eruption and a flare.
Ten Systems Engineering Lessons Learned

By John Ruffa   When I was appointed the mission systems engineer of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at Goddard Space Flight Center, I was understandably nervous.

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Interview with Robert Braun

By Don Cohen   NASA’s Chief Technologist talks about fostering innovation.

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Close-up image of crater Cabeus A near the moon's south pole
Moon Mission on a Shoestring

By Haley Stephenson and Matthew Kohut   When NASA announced that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) would upgrade from a Delta II to a larger Atlas V launch vehicle, a window of opportunity opened for an additional mission to the moon.

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The Knowledge Notebook by Laurence Prusak
The Knowledge Notebook: Believing in Science and Progress

By Laurence Prusak One of the great questions in history is why the Industrial Revolution that started in the eighteenth century and went on to radically change almost every aspect of the way people live developed in the West, and especially the northwest corner of Europe.

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On the Cover — Issue 39, Summer 2010


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From the APPEL Director: Lessons from Torino

By Ed Hoffman   Last spring I had the opportunity to visit three project-based organizations in the Piedmont region of Italy.

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In This Issue by Don Cohen
In This Issue (ASK 39)

Don Cohen, Managing Editor   This issue of ASK features two apparently divergent themes. One is the importance of far-reaching innovation.

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