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The WIRE telescope inside the cryostat assembly.
WIRE: Learning from Failure

In 1999, the Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) lost its primary mission thirty-six hours after launch. Those who worked on WIRE, which was the fifth of the Explorer Program’s Small Explorer-class missions, thought they had done what they needed to achieve success.

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“What Works” Luncheon
What Works Luncheon

By Maureen Madden   I love to learn about all the cool things we work on here at NASA, but I don’t have time to read all the press releases or go to all the workshops and conferences.

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A technician prepares the Canadian-built fine-guidance sensor’s engineering test unit for cryogenic testing at the Canadian Space Agency’s David Florida Lab in Ottawa.
Managing Canada’s Contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope

By Karl Saad   Along with a half dozen NASA centers, the European Space Agency (ESA), and a variety of academic and industry partners, the Canadian Space Agency has been working on its contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Juno: A Look Back at Successful Development

By Jan Chodas   Dr. Scott Bolton, Juno’s principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute, and the Juno team had been working toward this milestone for several years. A mission of this length and complexity required careful planning and testing to increase its chances of success.

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First complete image of the far side of the sun taken on June 1, 2011.
Getting Cozy with Our Closest Star

By Holly R. Gilbert   We inhabitants of Earth have an intimate and complex relationship with the sun. As we learn more about the underlying physics driving the magnetic ball of plasma that is essential for our very existence, the complexity of that relationship becomes increasingly apparent.

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The Bloodhound SSC show car at the Bloodhound Technical Center.
Something to Shout About: Bloodhound Supersonic Car

By Haley Stephenson   The Bloodhound Supersonic Car aims to set a new land-speed record and a new standard for openness in projects.

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President Lincoln and his cabinet in council, September 22, 1862, adopting the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lessons from Lincoln

By Roger Forsgren   Like most people, project managers and engineers may have an interest in history without realizing that understanding the past can help them better understand and manage the present. Studying the past can be an opportunity to see how leaders overcame daunting obstacles to achieve their goals.

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Bryan O’Connor
Interview with Bryan OConnor

By Matthew Kohut     Bryan O’Connor retired as chief of Safety and Mission Assurance on August 31, 2011, after serving nearly a decade as NASA’s top safety and mission assurance official.

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Exploring Science with NASA

By Paul Hertz   NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) provides opportunities for scientists outside the agency to determine what science NASA should pursue in future missions. Several different programs, such as Discovery and Explorer, publish announcements of opportunity so ideas can be proposed, vetted, selected, and flown in the pursuit of groundbreaking scientific discovery.

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