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A photo of a lightning strike. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: DSN Antenna Complex Damaged by Lightning

Evaluation of costs associated with lightning strikes and other naturally occurring events should extend beyond facility repair to include impacts on science data, spacecraft commanding, and other mission-critical functions.

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NASA astronauts Scott Kelly (left) and Terry Virts (right) work on a Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) inside the station's Japanese Experiment Module. Photo Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: ‘Deconfiguration’ Prevention

Integrated coordination of tasks involving common hardware used by different teams minimizes the impact of configuration changes.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Orbital Space Plane – Engineers as Smart Buyers

Good acquisition management emphasizes not only what – but how – to buy.

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The GIDEP Logo–Government-Industry Data Exchange Program. Credit: GIDEP
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Improved Operations and Backlog Management of NANADARTS at GRC

Increased awareness and improved processes helped to quickly eliminate a massive backlog of NANADARTS documents.

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The SpaceX Dragon Freedom crew ship, that delivered four Crew-4 astronauts to the International Space Station, is pictured docked to the Harmony module's space-facing port. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Improving Government Insight Through Independent Simulation of Key Flight Phases

For NASA programs using risk-based independent verification and validation (IV&V), detailed NASA-developed/supported simulation of key flight phases provides deeper government insight and certification ability.

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MIRI, ( Mid InfraRed Instrument ), flight instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, JWST, during ambient temperature alignment testing in RAL Space's clean rooms at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8th November 2010. Credit: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Sharing Access to the Requirements Management Database for the Project

Shared use of a requirements management database with NASA contractors and partners greatly aids engineering collaboration and communication.

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A team from the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab tests the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) in the regolith bin inside Swamp Works at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 5, 2019. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Design Verification Development

The likelihood of success increases if the group responsible for implementing design verification methods chosen early in a program’s life cycle is allowed to contribute to the selection process.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned graphic with a photo of the ISOPAR-H Tank and TEA-TEB Fill Tank. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: E-1 Triethyl Aluminum-Triethyl Borane System Contamination

Mistake-proofing techniques built into system processes can aid in preventing human error when engineers and test operators make time-critical decisions in unique circumstances such as dangerous weather or limited supplies.

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System Expert Performing Analysis of a Thermal Protection System Tile. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Component Identification Procedures Used in the Columbia Accident Investigation

Procedures developed by the NASA community to identify, catalog, and inspect accident debris proved invaluable in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation.

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