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Astromaterials processors Mari Montoya, left, and Curtis Calva, right, use tools to collect asteroid particles from the base of the OSIRIS-REx science canister. NASA has already collected 70.3 grams of material with more still inside the canister. Photo Credit: NASA
OSIRIS REx Sample Wows Scientists

Asteroid regolith rich in carbon, contains water-bearing minerals.

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Screenshot of Brian Muirhead during his interview. Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Providing Good Direction for Creative Solutions

A project manager can influence their project team to use creativity and flexibility to overcome problems by giving good direction.

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In this photo from 2013, a welder at NASA’s Stennis Space Center works on a portion of piping to be installed on the A-1 Test Stand for RS-25 rocket engine testing. Photo Credit: NASA/MSFC
Podcast Series Focuses on Trade, Technical Workforce

Small Steps, Giant Leaps highlights crucial role in NASA missions.

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Podcast Episode 119: Rocket Propulsion Test Program

Rocket Propulsion Test Program Manager Christine Powell discusses chemical propulsion testing at NASA’s world-class facilities.

Payload Specialist John H. Glenn Jr., then a senator from Ohio, prepares to fly aboard STS-95, adjusting a video camera during training at Cape Canaveral. Mission Specialist Scott E. Parazynski looks on at right. Glenn’s two spaceflights were 36 years apart. Photo Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: An Icon’s Return to Space

‘The John Glenn factor’ draws large crowds to launch of STS-95.

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Flight hardware for NASA’s Orbital Syngas Commodity Augmentation Reactor, or OSCAR, is in view inside the Applied Physics Lab in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2022. OSCAR began as an Early Career Initiative project at the spaceport that studies technology to convert trash and human waste into useful gasses such as methane, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide. By processing small pieces of trash in a high-temperature reactor, OSCAR is advancing new and innovative technology for managing waste in space. Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Podcast Episode 118: Center Innovation Fund and Early Career Initiative

NASA SpaceTech’s Michael LaPointe and John Nelson discuss the Center Innovation Fund and Early Career Initiative.

NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on June 26, 2023 at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credits: NASA/Frank Michaux.
September 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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A photo of a lightning strike. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: DSN Antenna Complex Damaged by Lightning

Evaluation of costs associated with lightning strikes and other naturally occurring events should extend beyond facility repair to include impacts on science data, spacecraft commanding, and other mission-critical functions.

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The Deep Space Optical Communications demonstration flight transceiver can be identified by its large tube-like sunshade on the Psyche spacecraft, shown here inside a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Photo Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA to Test Optical Communications for Deep Space

DSOC demonstration will ride aboard Psyche spacecraft.

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