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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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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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Remote ultrasound procedures help provide for medical diagnoses on the International Space Station.
Featured Invention: NASA Helps Extend Medicine’s Reach

  By Bo Schwerin   Medical technology developed for the space station improves remote diagnostics on Earth.

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Masten Space Systems' "Xombie" vehicle ascending during its first flight.
ASK Interactive (ASK 39)

NASA in the News   NASA is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Centennial Challenges, a program of incentive prizes designed for the “citizen inventor” that generates creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation.

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While a crane lifts NASA’s FUSE satellite, workers at Hangar AE, Cape Canaveral Air Station, help guide it toward the circular payload-attach fitting in front of it.
Redesigning the FUSE Mission

By Warren Moos, Dennis McCarthy, and Jeffrey Kruk   The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) was conceived in the early eighties as a follow-on to the Copernicus mission, launched in the early seventies.

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The Decision

By Harvey Schabes   ‘Twas the night before the night before the night before Christmas, a cold and snowy night.

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LRO Deputy Project Manager Cathy Peddie stands in front of LRO in a clean room.
Reflections of a Deputy

By Cathy Peddie   When Craig Tooley, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) project manager, offered me a job as his deputy, I reacted as I had to all decisions that have a great impact on my life: I slept on it and looked at it in the cold, cruel light of dawn.

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Islands and Labyrinths: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Knowledge Transfer

By T.J. Elliott   To improve knowledge sharing, ETS has sponsored new-idea contests and forums—both virtual and face to face.

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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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