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  • 60-Second Safety Videos

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

  • A Shuttle Program Legacy of Safety and Mission Assurance at JSC

    The NASA Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) organizations have both taken pride in the successes, and shared responsibility for the catastrophic failures during 30 years of Space Shuttle Program operations. Lessons learned during this time period were presented showing the evolution of safety culture, processes and products.  The intent of this presentation was to impart a legacy of safety protocol that can guide future enterprises to pursue a course of action that emphasizes dedication to minimizing the risk of catastrophic failures.

  • 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.