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  • 60-Second Safety Videos

    60 second Video of a safety topic. Filtered by Safety topic.

  • Apollo 1 (AS-204) — Lessons and Legacies

    January 27, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire. The NASA Safety Center hosted a session outlining the changes instituted as a result of the disaster and NASA’s safety cultural has greatly improved as a result of the lessons learned from the tragedy.

  • Apollo 1-Challenger-Columbia Case Study

    Wayne Hale’s Ten Rules for Engineering for Space is the focus of Remembrance Day 2014. As former NASA Flight Director and Space Shuttle Program Manager, Hale has compiled a list of lessons learned based on the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia disasters.

  • Asynchronicity Case Study

    In an extraordinary display of international cooperation during the height of the Cold War between the United States and former Soviet Union, television viewers around the globe tuned in July 17, 1975 to witness Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) astronauts and cosmonauts shaking hands between their docked, orbiting spacecraft. The Soyuz crew undocked their spacecraft and landed in Russia on July 21. The Apollo crew continued on-board experiments until their July 24 re-entry. During descent, the crew did not activate the Apollo’s Earth Landing System (ELS) at the correct altitude. As a result, toxic propellant fumes entered the Command Module (CM) through open cabin pressurization valves before splashdown, threatening the lives of America’s first orbital ambassadors.

  • Asynchronicity: The Near Loss of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Crew

    Asynchronicity: The Near Loss of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Crew, features Gary Johnson, former associate director for the Technical Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (retired). At the height of the Cold War, television viewers around the globe tuned in to witness the Soyuz 11 and the Soyuz crew , twenty three days after docking with the Salyut space station, undock their spacecraft and land in Russia. What was a picture perfect landing turned to be a horrifying discovery when the hatch opened to find the three cosmonauts lifeless.

  • Center SMA Content

    A selection of Center-specific content on SMA issues, which can be sorted by center, topic, product name and year. Some materials may be internal to certain centers and, therefore, inaccessible to other users. For access to particular content, please contact the listed center. Sortable by Center, Topic and Year.

  • Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer Summit- 2015

    In 2015, the Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officers came together for their annual summit. The focus of this summit was an overview of the Apollo 1 disaster and lessons learned. Gary Johnson, North American Manufacturing, led the discussion.

  • Descent Into the Void Case Study

    On June 6, 1971, three cosmonauts rose to orbit aboard Soyuz-11 to dock with Salyut, the world’s first space station. Acclaim awaited the crew as they began re-entry on June 30. Teams deployed to the descent site in Kazakhstan, arriving in time to observe an apparent flawless landing. Upon opening the Soyuz’ hatch, rescuers found all three crewmembers still in their seats, lifeless. The national outpouring of grief reportedly matched U.S. sorrow following President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.