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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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Screenshot of CJ Bixby during her interview. Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Communication Skills for Engineers

Good communication is a crucial skill for a systems engineer leading a project team.

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Illustration of IXPE in space with various colors on black background and a section of Earth on the bottom left corner. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 117: NASA Trade and Technical Professionals, Part 3

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Engineering Technicians John Hood, Amy Meekham, and Mark Sloan discuss details of their work on the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer.

In this image from July 18, 2023, a NASA team helps attach solar arrays for the agency’s Psyche spacecraft onto a stand inside the Astrotech Space Operations Facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credits: NASA/Isaac Watson
Psyche Mission Prepares for October Launch

2.2-billion-mile journey to metal-rich asteroid tests new technology.

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Global images of Mars taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) during summer in the planet’s northern hemisphere. Between 1997 and 2006, MGS looked at Mars in unprecedented detail, building upon the successful Viking missions before it. Credits: NASA/USGS
This Month in NASA History: A Closer Look at Mars

Mars Global Surveyor examines the Red Planet in unprecedented detail.

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