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The Cycle of Forgetfulness

Mishaps serve to remind us that low probability– but high consequence– events will occasionally occur.

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After 2,336 orbits, 62 million miles traveled, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield returned from the International Space Station as a rock star of sorts. His recording of a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” quickly went viral. Photo Credit: Chris Hadfield
Floating in a Most Peculiar Way

Singer and songwriter David Bowie—aka Ziggy Stardust—once admitted that many of his biggest mistakes occurred when he tried to please an audience.

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa may not be Superman, but in the microgravity of space, he can fly (well, almost). Photo Credit: NASA
What Superman Knows that Brainiac Doesn’t Know

Brainiac makes a big mistake when he hoards Earth’s knowledge.

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The Space Shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station for docking but before the link-up occurred, the orbiter "posed" for a thorough series of inspection photos. Photo Credit: NASA
Intuition, Rationality, and Launch Decisions

The power of pausing can help us move forward to mission success.

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NASA is currently working to on a vehicle that will be able to navigate tough terrain with the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV). Photo Credit: NASA
The Martian as a Case Study

Can the best seller and blockbuster movie The Martian serve as lessons learned that never happened?

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On August 22, 2012, the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 8 feet (2.5 meters), from its landing site. The landing site was subsequently named Bradbury Landing, named after Ray Bradbury, whose first book was The Martian Chronicles and who was born on August 22, 1920. Photo Credits: NASA and AP
F2F for Knowledge In, Knowledge Out

What lesson can be learned from real and fictional portals?

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One of the first steps taken on the Moon, this is an image of Buzz Aldrin's bootprint from the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Photo Credit: NASA
The Whole Is Greater

What insight does the expression “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” have for Knowledge Services, especially at NASA?

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Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman poses with the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program staff at the 2014 Symposium held February 4-6 at Stanford University. From left to right: Katherine Reilly, Communications & Outreach Manager; Jamie Hyneman; Jay Falker, Program Executive; Ronald Turner, Senior Science Advisor; Jason E. Derleth, Program Manager. Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center
Know Comparison

Mythbusters is no stranger to NASA.

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Members of the cast and creator of the popular TV show Star Trek attending the rollout of the space shuttle prototype Enterprise at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale in 1976. From left, NASA administrator James Fletcher, DeForest Kelly, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Gene Rodenberry and Walter Koenig. Photo Credit: NASA
Spock’s Brain

The original Star Trek episode “Spock’s Brain” is not as well-ranked or well-starred as the fuzzball populated “Trouble with Tribbles.”

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