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Captured on Oct. 20, 2020 during the OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this image shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu’s surface. Photo Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 113: OSIRIS REx Sample Return Preparation

OSIRIS-REx Mission Systems Engineer Ron Mink discusses preparation for the return of the United States’ first asteroid sample from space to Earth.

Screenshot of Cynthia Simmons speaking during her interview. Photo Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Decisive and Rational Decision-Making for Project Managers

A project manager needs to adapt to changing circumstances that arise during their project.

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In the early 1930s, astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky studied the Coma Cluster—shown here in an image obtained by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory—and discovered a puzzling inconsistency that led him to theorize the presence of dark matter. Photo Credit: NASA
Missions Focus on Dark Matter, Dark Energy

New telescopes designed to address pressing mysteries in astrophysics.

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Within days of the launch, Landsat 1 acquired an image of an astounding 81,000-acre fire burning in isolated, central Alaska. For the first time ever, scientists and resource management officials were able to see the full extent of damage from a fire in a single image while it was still burning. Photo Credit: NASA/USGS
This Month in NASA History: A Closer Look at Earth

Landsat 1 demonstrated the value of multispectral scanner technology.

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A high-resolution free-air gravity map based on GRAIL data, overlaid on terrain based on LRO altimeter (LOLA) and camera (LROC) data. The view is south-up, with the south pole near the horizon in the upper left and the crescent Earth in the distance. The terminator crosses the eastern rim of the Schrödinger basin. Gravity is painted onto the areas that are in or near the night side. Red corresponds to mass excesses and blue to mass deficits. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 112: TechLeap Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge

NASA TechLeap Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge Manager Greg Peters discusses the lunar landing challenge.

Engineers install multilayer insulation (MLI) on the Mass Spectrometer Observing Lunar Operations (MSolo) instrument inside Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility on Oct. 20, 2022. Photo Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky
June 2023 INSIGHT Now Available

Don’t miss the latest issue of INSIGHT, APPEL Knowledge Services’ online publication featuring our new podcast episodes, columns, articles, lessons learned and more. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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The GIDEP Logo–Government-Industry Data Exchange Program. Credit: GIDEP
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Improved Operations and Backlog Management of NANADARTS at GRC

Increased awareness and improved processes helped to quickly eliminate a massive backlog of NANADARTS documents.

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An image of Raven Zero Pressure Balloon being inflated.The Exo-Atmospheric Aerobrake was tested during the August 2019 flight campaign. Photo Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 111: Flight Opportunities

NASA Flight Opportunities Program Manager Danielle McCulloch discusses rapid demonstration of technologies and capabilities for NASA missions and commercial spaceflight.

The rare sight of a Wolf-Rayet star captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in unprecedented detail. Massive stars race through their lifecycles, and only some of them go through a brief Wolf-Rayet phase before going supernova. Photo Credit: NASA
Webb’s First Year of Impressive Science

Space telescope reveals key details of early galaxies, exoplanets.  

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