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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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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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On the Cover — Issue 39, Summer 2010


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