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From a project’s smallest steps to humanity’s greatest leaps, NASA’s technical workforce embodies the spirit of Neil Armstrong’s immortal words from the surface of the Moon, boldly pushing the envelope of human achievement and scientific understanding. In our podcast, Small Steps, Giant Leaps, APPEL Knowledge Services talks with systems engineers, scientists, project managers and thought leaders about challenges, opportunities, and successes.

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EPISODE 33: YOUNG INNOVATORS

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EPISODE 31: COMMERCIAL LUNAR PAYLOAD SERVICES

Mar 18, 2020 | Transcript | 26:23
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VIPER on the Moon. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 30: VIPER LUNAR ROVER

Mar 04, 2020 | Transcript | 23:14
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EPISODE 29: CENTENNIAL CHALLENGES

Feb 19, 2020 | Transcript | 30:05
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EPISODE 28: INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERACTIONS

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