The Path to Scientific Discoveries: Designing the Cassini Solstice Mission Trajectory

The Path to Scientific Discoveries: Designing the Cassini Solstice Mission Trajectory

By Brent Buffington   Cassini-Huygens, a joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency, has roamed the Saturnian system for the better part of six and a half years.

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Spaceflight Hardware on a Service Contract

Spaceflight Hardware on a Service Contract

By Jason Crusan, Marybeth Edeen, Kevin Grohs, and Darren Samplatsky   What began as conversations between NASA and Hamilton Sundstrand managers grew into an idea to develop a piece of spaceflight hardware with minimal NASA oversight.

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Lessons from the National Ignition Facility

Lessons from the National Ignition Facility

By Matthew Kohut The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is home of the world’s largest laser. With 192 laser beams that can deliver more than sixty times the energy of any previous laser system, NIF represents a significant step in enabling the study of high-energy density science. The design and construction of this unique, highly complex […]

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Explosive Lessons in Hydrogen Safety

Explosive Lessons in Hydrogen Safety

By Russel Rhodes   The Centaur program, which developed a high-energy second-stage rocket in the early sixties, marked NASA’s first effort to use large quantities of liquid hydrogen.

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Factoring in Humans

Factoring in Humans

By Haley Stephenson   To a rocket scientist, you are a problem. You are the most irritating piece of machinery he or she will ever have to deal with. You and your fluctuating metabolism, your puny memory, your frame that comes in a million different configurations. You are unpredictable. You’re inconsistent. You take weeks to […]

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The Potential of a New Workplace

The Potential of a New Workplace

By Naoki Ogiwara   In Europe and Japan, “Future Centers” feature spaces designed to enhance creative thinking.

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Jamming with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

By Katrina Pugh and Jo Ann Endo   “Jamming” is an effective technique for sharing organizational knowledge. What do you do when you have valuable knowledge spread among multiple people in multiple organizations, and they don’t consider themselves experts?

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Innovative Partnership Finds Answers to Modeling Lunar Dust

Innovative Partnership Finds Answers to Modeling Lunar Dust

By Carol Anne Dunn, Carlos Calle, and Richard LaRoche   To learn more about managing lunar dust, NASA and a simulation technology company pool their expertise.   A major problem facing manned or unmanned missions to the moon is lunar dust.

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