NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, caught the glow of two black holes lurking inside spiral galaxy IC342
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NASA in the News NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, caught the glow of two black holes lurking inside spiral galaxy IC342, which lies 7 million light-years away in the constellation Camelopardalis (the Giraffe).

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James Webb Space Telescope Mirror
On the Cover — Issue 49, Winter 2013

As the planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, even the smallest of parts on the James Webb Space Telescope will play a critical role in its performance. “Actuators” are one component that will help Webb focus on some of the earliest objects in the universe. Pictured is the Webb engineering design unit’s primary mirror […]

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The NESC Academy: Expertise for Tomorrow’s Engineers
The NESC Academy: Expertise for Tomorrow’s Engineers

By Patricia Pahlavani   The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) recently implemented the new NESC Academy (nescacademy.nasa.gov),

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Bioreactors Drive Advances in Tissue Engineering
Bioreactors Drive Advances in Tissue Engineering

By Bo Schwerin   It was an unlikely moment for inspiration. Engineers David Wolf and Ray Schwarz stopped by their lab around midday. Wolf, of Johnson Space Center, and Schwarz, with NASA contractor Krug Life Sciences (now Wyle Laboratories Inc.), were part of a team tasked with developing a unique technology with the potential to […]

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NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams appears to touch the bright sun during a third session of extravehicular activity. Williams and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Aki Hoshide (visible in the reflections of Williams’ helmet visor) completed installation of a main bus switching unit. Photo Credit: NASA
The Toothbrush Hack

By Haley Stephenson   Collaborative problem solving, a jumper lead, and a toothbrush turned around an unsuccessful late-August spacewalk.

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Reducing Natural-Language Ambiguities in Requirements Engineering
Reducing Natural-Language Ambiguities in Requirements Engineering

By Lars Schnieder and Susanne Arndt Interdisciplinary and inter-organizational project collaboration is a challenge. One of the most essential tasks in big and heterogeneous projects is requirements engineering, which, done properly, helps master complexity and reduce misunderstanding.

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People all over the world—here, in Tokyo—participated in the 2012 International Space Apps Challenge. Photo Credit: Fumi Yamazaki
Solving Challenges Through Mass Collaboration

By Nick Skytland   One of the things astronauts who have had the privilege of traveling to space talk about when they return is what it’s like to see Earth from space, and the orbital perspective this brings. They talk about what it means to live in a world where we are more interconnected and […]

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Viewpoint: Attracting Tomorrow’s Engineers

By Amir S. Gohardani and Omid Gohardani   Dreams of flight have captured the human imagination for centuries. Children worldwide imagine dancing among the stars and soaring into the blue. Will their visions become reality?

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