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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.

EPISODE 38: HUMAN FACTORS

Jun 24, 2020 | Transcript | 16:51
NASA Armstrong Operations Engineering Branch Chief Kate McMurtry discusses the value of understanding the impact of human factors on mission performance. Read More

EPISODE 37: NASA SAFETY CENTER

Jun 10, 2020 | Transcript | 21:25
NASA Safety Center Director Harmony Myers discusses resources to help achieve technical excellence in safety and mission assurance. Read More

EPISODE 36: CROWDSOURCING INNOVATION

May 27, 2020 | Transcript | 42:11
NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation Deputy Manager Steve Rader discusses driving innovation through crowdsourcing and the gig economy. Read More

EPISODE 35: LAUNCH AMERICA

May 13, 2020 | Transcript | 30:00
NASA Commercial Crew Program Chief Engineers Steve Sullivan, Chris Lupo and Deborah Crane discuss the new approach for launching American astronauts to space. Read More

EPISODE 34: SCIENCE IN THE 2020’S

Apr 29, 2020 | Transcript | 33:20
NASA Scientist Michelle Thaller discusses anticipated discoveries and exciting missions planned during this decade. Read More

EPISODE 33: YOUNG INNOVATORS

Apr 15, 2020 | Transcript | 28:21
Kenny Harris, a NASA engineer named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 Class of 2020, discusses his experiences as a young professional. Read More
Europa Clipper

EPISODE 32: EUROPA CLIPPER

Apr 01, 2020 | Transcript | 20:58
Europa Clipper Project System Engineer Jennifer Dooley discusses NASA’s outer planets flagship mission. Read More
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EPISODE 31: COMMERCIAL LUNAR PAYLOAD SERVICES

Mar 18, 2020 | Transcript | 26:23
Steve Clarke, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, discusses commercial payload delivery services to the Moon. Read More