ASK Interactive (<em>ASK</em> 49)

ASK Interactive (ASK 49)

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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On the Cover — Issue 49, Winter 2013

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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The Soft Skills of International Project Management

The Soft Skills of International Project Management

By Jay Grinstead   When I took the International Project Management (IPM) course at Kennedy Space Center in the winter of 2012, I had already had some experience working with NASA’s international partners. In fact it was that work, which introduced me to some of the cultural and organizational complexity of working internationally, that convinced […]

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The Thermal Design Challenge

The Thermal Design Challenge

By Mike Menzel   The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in 2018, is expected to show us the most distant galaxies that formed in the early life of the universe. To do this, it has light-gathering capability unprecedented in a space telescopeits 6.5-meter-diameter mirror has more than six times the light-collecting area […]

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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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The Toothbrush Hack

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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