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Dr. Ed Hoffman, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer, talks with P.S. 199 5th grader. This aspiring young student explains to Dr. Hoffman that he will one day soon be his boss and he will have to do what he asks him to do… he says, “I will be your boss one day.” – CITYarts Inc. copyright. Project produced and created by CITYarts with the professional advice of Lewis Peach. Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of CITYarts, Inc. Photo taken by Berette Macaulay.
My Best Mistake: Ed Hoffman’s “Guiding Versus Trusting the Process”

I found out the hard way that some of the things you learn in school don’t hold up in the real world.

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Artist's Conception- Close Up The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) spacecraft is the predecessor to the WMAP Project. COBE was launched by NASA into an Earth Orbit in 1989 to make a full sky map of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation leftover from the Big Bang. The first results were released in 1992. COBE's limited resolution (7 degree wide beam) provided the first tantilising details in a full sky image of the CMB. Photo Credit: NASA/COBE Science Team
My Best Mistake: John Mather’s “Recognizing My Limits”

I’ve made plenty of mistakes, and some were instructive.

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WPA work safety poster from the Library of Congress.. Image Credit: Library of Congress
My Best Mistake: Mike Lipka’s “Knowledge Now or Later”

Before I came to work for NASA, I worked as a contractor for the Air Force. My job was to develop and deploy a knowledge management system called “Knowledge Now.”

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Artist's conception of Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). Image Credit: NASA
My Best Mistake: Daniel Andrews’s “Too Good To Be True”

As project manager of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Mission to the moon, I (re)learned the hard way that nothing comes for free.

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