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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. New episodes are released bi-weekly on Wednesdays. 

EPISODE 58: SOFIA AIRBORNE OBSERVATORY

Apr 21, 2021 | Transcript | 32:18
SOFIA Project Scientist Naseem Rangwala discusses the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Read More

EPISODE 57: SHUTTLE PROGRAM CLOSEOUT COMPLEXITIES

Apr 07, 2021 | Transcript | 22:07
NASA's Johnny Nguyen discusses insight gained through closeout of the Space Shuttle Program. Read More

EPISODE 56: MODEL-BASED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Mar 24, 2021 | Transcript | 43:16
NASA's Terry Hill and Jessica Knizhnik discuss the agency's transition to model-based systems engineering. Read More

EPISODE 55: PSYCHE MISSION

Mar 10, 2021 | Transcript | 19:40
Psyche Mission Co-investigator Ben Weiss discusses the mission to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Read More
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EPISODE 54: ASTROPHYSICS PIONEERS PROGRAM

Feb 24, 2021 | Transcript | 18:01
NASA Astrophysicist and Pioneers Program Lead Scientist Michael Garcia discusses the new program’s first mission concepts selected for further development. Read More

EPISODE 53: INGENUITY MARS HELICOPTER

Feb 10, 2021 | Transcript | 35:18
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Chief Engineer Bob Balaram discusses the first experimental aircraft flight on another planet. Read More
Episode 52, Mars Perseverance Rover Science

EPISODE 52: MARS PERSEVERANCE ROVER SCIENCE

Jan 26, 2021 | Transcript | 36:09
Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Deputy Project Scientist Katie Stack Morgan discusses science objectives of NASA’s first astrobiology-focused mission to the Red Planet. Read More

EPISODE 51: ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

Jan 13, 2021 | Transcript | 24:33
NASA Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign Deputy Lead Shivanjli Sharma discusses the "third revolution" in aviation. Read More