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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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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