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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.

VIPER on the Moon. Credit: NASA

EPISODE 30: VIPER LUNAR ROVER

Mar 04, 2020 | Transcript | 23:14
VIPER Project Manager Dan Andrews discusses the lunar rover’s upcoming mission to look for water ice on the Moon. Read More

EPISODE 29: CENTENNIAL CHALLENGES

Feb 19, 2020 | Transcript | 30:05
Monsi Roman, NASA Centennial Challenges Program Manager, discusses the agency’s flagship prizes and competition program. Read More

EPISODE 28: INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERACTIONS

Feb 05, 2020 | Transcript | 35:47
Anna McGowan, NASA’s Senior Engineer for Complex Systems Design, discusses the impact of interdisciplinary interactions on mission success. Read More

EPISODE 27: MEGATRENDS FOR ENGINEERING SYSTEMS

Jan 21, 2020 | Transcript | 35:16
Anna McGowan, NASA’s Senior Engineer for Complex Systems Design, discusses engineering trends and the impact of rapid technology changes. Read More

EPISODE 26: NASA IV&V

Jan 08, 2020 | Transcript | 27:52
NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program Director Greg Blaney discusses the impact of IV&V on high-profile NASA missions. Read More

EPISODE 25: NASA TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Dec 11, 2019 | Transcript | 25:00
NASA Technology Transfer Program Executive Dan Lockney discusses the transfer of innovative space and aeronautics technologies for practical, terrestrial applications. Read More

EPISODE 24: TECHPORT

Nov 27, 2019 | Transcript | 22:34
NASA TechPort’s Patrick Murphy and Ryan Miller discuss how technologists and innovators can use the tool to exchange ideas for groundbreaking solutions. Read More

EPISODE 23: SWAMP WORKS

Nov 13, 2019 | Transcript | 26:44
NASA Swamp Works Senior Technologist Rob Mueller discusses technologies being developed for missions to the Moon and Mars. Read More