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"22.03.2017 14:49:59" appel.nasa.gov Smart Engineering Helps Spitzer Go Beyond Expectations | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership As a prime example of how “clever engineering” can expand project potential, the Spitzer Space Telescope continues to deliver unprecedented data more than 13 years after launch. As a prime example of how “clever engineering” can expand project potential, the Spitzer Space Telescope continues to deliver unprecedented data more than 13 years after launch.
Read more: https://go.nasa.gov/2nBT7ZM
#trappist1 #engineering #NASA
"10.03.2017 19:14:22" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The ISS CRV Program Got Off the Ground | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership On March 12, 1998, the X-38—a novel prototype for a proposed International Space Station (ISS) Crew Return Vehicle (CRV)—flew for the first time. This Month in NASA History: On March 12, 1998, the X-38—a novel prototype for a proposed International Space Station (ISS) Crew Return Vehicle (CRV)—flew for the first time.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2mK5S3w
"06.03.2017 14:52:19" appel.nasa.gov Agency Considers Accelerating Manned Deep Space Capabilities | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) is exploring the feasibility of adding crew to Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1). NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate is exploring the feasibility of adding crew to Exploration Mission 1.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2n60V1X
"03.03.2017 16:30:24" appel.nasa.gov NASA Engages with Current and Future Engineers | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership During National Engineers Week and throughout the year, NASA spotlights the crucial role of engineers in developing solutions to advance space exploration and enhance life on Earth. During National Engineers Week and throughout the year, NASA spotlights the crucial role of engineers in developing solutions to advance space exploration and enhance life on Earth.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2lDc2yh
"02.03.2017 16:46:09" appel.nasa.gov New Findings from One-Year Mission and Twins Study | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership As NASA moves forward on the journey to Mars, researchers share new information about the effects of prolonged spaceflight on the human body. As NASA moves forward on the journey to Mars, researchers share new information about the effects of prolonged spaceflight on the human body.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2lDEroA
"28.02.2017 21:30:45" appel.nasa.gov go.nasa.gov A new edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released. We invite you to read it today on our website: http://go.nasa.gov/2llkPor
"23.02.2017 18:22:59" appel.nasa.gov NASA Explores Food Sources for Deep Space Missions | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership In preparation for crewed missions to deep space, NASA is developing critical technologies, addressing human health risks—and crafting the perfect meal. In preparation for crewed missions to deep space, NASA is developing critical technologies, addressing human health risks—and crafting the perfect meal.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2lK6aH2
"23.02.2017 14:39:06" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Installation confirmed! SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft was officially attached to International Space Station at 8:12 a.m. EST. The spacecraft is delivering more than 5,000 tons of supplies and research to the crew on orbit. It will stay attached to the
"22.02.2017 15:34:23" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration New discovery! We're announcing new findings on planets orbiting stars other than our sun today at 1 p.m. EST: http://go.nasa.gov/2lv4aQM Question? #askNASA
"22.02.2017 14:48:10" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: STEREO Spied Both Sides of the Sun | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Communication interference. Electrical failures. Astronaut hazards. NASA's STEREO mission offers a unique perspective on solar events that disrupt Earth-based activities. Communication interference. Electrical failures. Astronaut hazards. NASA's STEREO mission offers a unique perspective on solar events that disrupt Earth-based activities. Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2lFJojE
"17.02.2017 15:10:36" appel.nasa.gov Assessing the Risks of Long-Duration Human Spaceflight | NASA APPEL As NASA's human spaceflight program passes critical technological milestones, the agency continues its work to examine risks to humans. "[The committee] suggested adding a standardized section to each report that would highlight interactions between the risk under discussion and risks in other reports. Furthermore, greater investigation into long-term health outcomes—those that occur
"02.02.2017 15:49:14" appel.nasa.gov New Horizons Heads Deeper into the Third Zone | NASA APPEL New Horizons plans to cap its first-ever flyby of Pluto with an even more far-reaching goal: a close flyby of a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO). “Pluto is the gateway to the Kuiper Belt,” said Kelsi Singer, New Horizons co-investigator at SwRI. “These smaller objects we think are probably more pristine and primordial, and so we're going to learn about the building blocks of the solar system by
"31.01.2017 18:08:41" appel.nasa.gov January 2017 APPEL News Digest Now Available | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. To explore the current edition as well as past issues, please visit the A new edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released. We invite you to read it today on our website : http://go.nasa.gov/2kdlVnf
"31.01.2017 14:43:22" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Today, #NASARemembers all those who gave their lives to further the cause of exploration and discovery: https://www.nasa.gov/dor2017
"26.01.2017 17:35:53" appel.nasa.gov NASA and NOAA Data Confirm Record Global Temperature in 2016 | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded that 2016 was the warmest year on record. NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded that 2016 was the warmest year on record.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2kxpjft
"25.01.2017 19:08:40" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration What will it feel like to be inside @NASA_Orion spacecraft as @NASA_SLS rocket launches astronauts to deep space? We're simulating those conditions at Johnson Space Center to find out. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2jS3X9L Read more about the challenges facing the development of NASA's Orion spacecraft: http://go.nasa.gov/2jSnV3R
"20.01.2017 20:20:21" appel.nasa.gov Juno Provides Glimpses of Jupiter's Mysteries | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Despite facing challenges, the Juno mission has already returned unprecedented science data revealing new information about Jupiter. Read more about how #junocam provides glimpses of Jupiter's mysteries here: http://go.nasa.gov/2jxS3Sa.
Then cast your vote for the next flyby!
Voting opens today at missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/voting
"20.01.2017 19:28:05" appel.nasa.gov From the APPEL Director: Program/Project Management Training Mandated | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership A new law, the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act, underscores the importance of program and project management training in the federal government. A new law, the #PMIAA will make improvements to #project and program management policy across the U.S.
Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/2iWQs9Q
"16.01.2017 21:54:25" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Administrator Charles Bolden reflects on the life and legacy of Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon: http://go.nasa.gov/2izRRzA
"11.01.2017 20:30:45" appel.nasa.gov New Missions to Explore Unique Asteroids | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership With the selection of two new Discovery missions, Lucy and Psyche, NASA is investing in a deeper understanding of the origins of the solar system. With the selection of two new Discovery missions, Lucy and Psyche, NASA is investing in a deeper understanding of the origins of the solar system.
Read more: https://appel.nasa.gov/2017/01/11/new-missions-to-explore-unique-asteroids/
"06.01.2017 16:23:07" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: CHIPSat Surveyed the Interstellar Medium | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership On January 12, 2003, NASA's first and only University-Class Explorer (UNEX) mission set out to investigate the extremely hot gas in the interstellar medium surrounding the solar system. This Month in NASA History: NASA's first and only University-Class Explorer (UNEX) mission set out to investigate the extremely hot gas in the interstellar medium surrounding the solar system.
Read More: http://go.nasa.gov/2iYF5Ms
"28.12.2016 18:23:22" appel.nasa.gov December 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available | NASA APPEL APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. To explore the current edition as well as past issues, please visit the APPEL News Digest Archives page The December 2016 edition of the APPEL News Digest is now available! Explore it today.
"27.12.2016 19:35:36" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: JWST Meets Cost and Schedule Commitments | NASA APPEL According to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) completed its fifth consecutive year of being on budget and on schedule.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2hlbhHK
"21.12.2016 17:48:10" appel.nasa.gov CYGNSS Advances Space-Based Hurricane Intensity Prediction | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Seeing inside the core of a hurricane from space to assess the storm's intensity has been largely impossible—until now. How will NASA's CYGNSS mission work with NOAA NWS Weather Prediction Center's P-3 hurricane hunters?
Find out: http://go.nasa.gov/2hQHoRA
"21.12.2016 14:34:25" appel.nasa.gov NASA's Hidden Figures Helped the Agency Make History | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership During the 1960s, African American “human computers”—women who performed critical mathematical calculations—at NASA helped the United States win the space race. During the 1960s, African American “human computers”—women who performed critical mathematical calculations—at NASA helped the United States win the space race.
Read More: http://go.nasa.gov/2h9PZQG
"15.12.2016 14:28:11" appel.nasa.gov New Report Prioritizes Technologies for Development at NASA | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews and prioritizes the technologies in NASA's draft 2015 Space Technology Roadmaps. A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews and prioritizes the technologies in NASA's draft 2015 Space Technology Roadmaps.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2hzJzsR
"13.12.2016 20:34:40" appel.nasa.gov Following the Water to Find Signs of Life | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Once thought barren, Mars now holds the promise of life beyond Earth as scientists confirm the presence of liquid water on the red planet. Mars Curiosity's recent finding shows H2O moving on ancient Mars provided favorable conditions for microbial life. go.nasa.gov/2hq4PmW
Read more about Following the Water to Find Signs of Life: go.nasa.gov/2hKxBLy
"08.12.2016 20:38:40" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. He also became a U.S. senator and later, at the age of 77 when he flew on the space shuttle, he became the oldest person to fly in space. Our deepest condolences go out to
"07.12.2016 19:02:14" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: TIMED Trail-Blazed the MLTI | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Fifteen years ago, NASA's TIMED spacecraft rode a Delta II rocket into the least-understood region of Earth's atmosphere. Fifteen years ago, NASA's TIMED spacecraft rode a Delta II rocket into the least-understood region of Earth's atmosphere.
Ready more: http://go.nasa.gov/2gbzCPM
"06.12.2016 18:01:49" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover is studying its surroundings and monitoring the environment, rather than driving or using its arm for science, while the rover team diagnoses an issue with the motor that moves the rover's drill. Details: Diagnosing issues often takes creative thinking skills. Read more about past collaborative problem solving: http://go.nasa.gov/1frVksY
"01.12.2016 14:19:46" appel.nasa.gov GOES-R Set to Transform Weather Forecasting | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership On November 19, NASA launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R), which will revolutionize weather forecasting in the Western Hemisphere. On November 19, NASA launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R), which will revolutionize weather forecasting in the Western Hemisphere.
"30.11.2016 16:33:11" appel.nasa.gov November 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. To explore the current edition as well as past issues, please visit the APPEL News Digest Archives page The November edition of the APPEL News Digest is now available! Explore it today. http://go.nasa.gov/2fDH6j5
"28.11.2016 21:42:15" appel.nasa.gov CYGNSS is Poised to Revolutionize Hurricane Prediction Capabilities | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership On December 12, 2016, NASA will launch a novel mission featuring a constellation of eight microsatellites to deliver unprecedented insight into the inner core of hurricanes. On December 12, 2016, NASA will launch a novel mission featuring a constellation of eight microsatellites to deliver unprecedented insight into the inner core of hurricanes. Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2furnCV
"28.11.2016 16:38:25" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: A Quest Commenced for Life on Mars | APPEL – Academy of... Forty years ago this month, Viking 1 left Earth on a technologically and scientifically challenging mission designed to answer the question: Are we alone in the universe? Happy #RedPlanet Day! Today, in 1964 Mariner 4 successfully launched. After a nearly 8 month journey Mariner 4 gave us the first photos of Mars in July 1965. For more on the history of Mars exploration: http://go.nasa.gov/1IRqrxV
"17.11.2016 18:47:52" appel.nasa.gov APPEL Supports KSC Efforts to Foster Innovation | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership At Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Innovation Expo 2016 (IE), APPEL sponsored a keynote speech and workshop to promote creative problem solving in the workplace. "Innovation is in our DNA at NASA. It's who we are. It's what we do." -NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman.
In support of Agency Innovation Mission (AIM) Day, APPEL sponsored a workshop and keynote speaker at the 2016 Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
"16.11.2016 21:03:12" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Next generation weather satellite, #GOESR, given "GO" for 5:42pm ET Saturday launch with a 90% chance of good weather. More: https://blogs.nasa.gov/goes-r/
"15.11.2016 20:41:37" appel.nasa.gov At NASA, Small Satellites Advance Innovation | APPEL Following dramatic advances in the technology and science capabilities of small spacecraft, NASA is harnessing their unique capabilities across diverse missions. NASA is leveraging the unique intersection of size and innovation provided by CubeSats and small satellites to improve scientific and human exploration, lower mission costs, and create new opportunities for university students as well as NASA and private
"14.11.2016 16:16:47" appel.nasa.gov Ten Systems Engineering Lessons Learned | NASA APPEL When I was appointed the mission systems engineer of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at Goddard Space Flight Center, I was understandably nervous. From the Archives: In 2010, John Ruffa, mission systems engineer of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), spoke with us about his ten systems engineering lessons learned:
1. Realize Most Problems Are Non-Technical
2. Understand and Define Your Team
"11.11.2016 17:44:17" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration It's #VeteransDay! We have over 1500 veterans currently employed with us that we celebrate and honor. Meet some of them on our Tumblr: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/153038484159/nasa-and-veterans Thank you to all veterans for your service to our country.
"11.11.2016 17:07:30" Photos from NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s post This week the APPEL team was honored with the NASA Agency Group Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's mission. We are extremely proud and will continue to support the agency through the
"08.11.2016 18:50:07" nasa.tumblr.com Vote While You float: An Astronaut Voting Story Happy voting day! Did you know that astronauts can vote from space too?
Learn more about the process: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/152733055774/vote-while-you-float-an-astronaut-voting-story
"08.11.2016 16:03:54" appel.nasa.gov James Webb Space Telescope Prepares for 2018 | APPEL Less than two years away from liftoff, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is undergoing critical tests to ensure it is ready to unlock secrets of the universe, past and present. James Webb Space Telescope is the most powerful space telescope ever built. Successor to Hubble, JWST is twice as large and far exceeds Hubble's capacity to penetrate the deepest mysteries of the universe.
“We would like to know, basically, how did we
"03.11.2016 16:49:30" appel.nasa.gov NASA Missions Keep Close Watch on Space Weather | APPEL NASA and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum convened a panel of experts to discuss the impact of solar weather on space exploration as well as Earth-based activities. A single coronal mass ejection (CME) can blast up to 10 billion tons of matter into space. Guess what happens to GPS, radar, and airlines comms when that happens? Or to astronauts in space?
Find out how @NASA is monitoring these and other solar events:
"31.10.2016 15:32:20" appel.nasa.gov October 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. To explore the current edition as well as past issues, please visit the APPEL News Digest Archives page The October edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released! Explore it on the APPEL website today.
"28.10.2016 17:38:43" km.nasa.gov A Look Ahead at NASA's First Human Spaceflight Knowledge Sharing Forum | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer NASA's first Human Spaceflight Knowledge Sharing Forum brings the agency, commercial partners and academia together to share best practices and lessons learned. A Look Ahead at NASA's First Human Spaceflight Knowledge Sharing Forum: http://go.nasa.gov/2eV1mJQ
"26.10.2016 17:23:06" Photos from NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s post Powering through propulsion issues and an unplanned safe mode interval, NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter continues to observe the gas giant, generating more science data than was expected with its first perijove: http://go.nasa.gov/2eMjO7g
"25.10.2016 19:36:20" appel.nasa.gov Kepler Offers Insight into Mysteries Near and Far | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership A mission that nearly ended prematurely continues to reveal novel insight into distant star systems as well as our own solar system. NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler observatory continues to discover new worlds orbiting other stars in our galaxy: http://go.nasa.gov/2f53mTl
"24.10.2016 15:00:18" youtube.com U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Arrives at the Space Station Loaded with more than 2.5 tons of supplies and science experiments, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station Oct. 23 follo... Orbital ATK #Cygnus CRS OA5 spacecraft, named in memory of late astronaut Alan Poindexter, has now been berthed to the International Space Station Unity module, with science, food, and supplies for Expedition 49/50: http://go.nasa.gov/2eHqAuV
"21.10.2016 18:51:37" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Small satellites provide compact, low-cost options that allow government and the private sector to take advantage of the technology. We're working with the White House to promote the use of small satellites for remote sensing, communications, science and Read more from APPEL on how NASA is enabling transformational space science with cubesats: http://go.nasa.gov/22WDmYD
"20.10.2016 15:05:42" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: COBE Scientists Were Celebrated for the CMB | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership A decade ago, Dr. John C. Mather became the first NASA civil servant to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics in recognition of his work on cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB). This Month In #NASA History: Ten years ago, Drs. John Mather and George Smoot were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), studying cosmic microwave background radiation and observing conditions in the
"19.10.2016 16:37:53" youtube.com New Crew Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station Three new Expedition 49-50 crew members launched aboard the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct... Good launch this morning of #SoyuzMS02 from Baikonur to the International Space Station, carrying astronaut Shane Kimbrough on his second spaceflight. #Exp49 http://go.nasa.gov/2e6rXVs
"18.10.2016 17:43:19" nasa.gov Orbital ATK Launches NASA Resupply Mission to Space Station The crew of the International Space Station soon will be equipped to perform dozens of new scientific investigations with cargo launched Monday aboard NASA's latest commercial resupply services mission from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Good launch and return to flight last night of the upgraded Orbital ATK Antares 230 with Cygnus #OA5 out of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, delivering supplies and science to the International Space Station.
"17.10.2016 21:49:28" blogs.nasa.gov Orbital ATK Up and down the Mid-Atlantic, you can watch for the liftoff of Orbital ATK #Antares #OA5 tonight at 7:40 PM, launching to the International Space Station from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Updates from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility:
"14.10.2016 17:14:13" Orion Service Module Vibration Test At NASA's Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station, the ESA - European Space Agency-developed service module for NASA's Orion Spacecraft is shaken at different frequencies on a vibration table, simulating the stresses it will experience launching into
"13.10.2016 16:47:16" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: Orion Program Review | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report assessed the progress and challenges facing the development of NASA's Orion spacecraft. Government Brief: Orion Program Review
"11.10.2016 14:37:02" youtube.com Janine Captain is #NASAProud NASA is known as a great place to work for several reasons. Hear real employees share their personal motivations and stories about why they are proud to work... Dr. Janine Captain works on the LAVA (Lunar Advanced Volatiles Analysis) Subsystem on board the RESOLVE (Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction) Rover prototype.
This project finds and quantifies volatiles like water,
"06.10.2016 18:58:50" appel.nasa.gov New Evidence Spurs Hope in Search for Habitability | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Images suggesting the presence of icy plumes erupting from the surface of Europa offer hope that it may be easier than expected to search for signs of life on Jupiter's moon. From Hubble Space Telescope, new evidence of water ice plumes from Jupiter's moon Europa, strong indicator for the presence of a salty subsurface ocean under the blanket of ice—which might even harbor life. http://go.nasa.gov/2dOMzDM
"05.10.2016 21:08:43" youtube.com Morgan Abney is #NASAProud NASA is known as a great place to work for several reasons. Hear real employees share their personal motivations and stories about why they are proud to work... Dr. Morgan Abney of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center talks about the unique challenges of working in the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Development Branch, keeping astronauts alive in deep space for future missions beyond Earth orbit.
"04.10.2016 16:59:31" appel.nasa.gov APPEL Team Receives Agency Honor Award | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Every day, the APPEL team strives to support mission success at NASA by promoting learning for the technical workforce. Recently, the agency recognized the team for their efforts. "Simply put, our team works hard and produces great results." An interview with Roger Forsgren on APPEL's receiving the NASA Group Achievement Award: http://go.nasa.gov/2dOGC9n
"03.10.2016 18:36:01" appel.nasa.gov September 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available | APPEL APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. To explore the current edition as well as past issues, please visit the APPEL News Digest Archives page The September edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released! Explore it on the APPEL website today.
"28.09.2016 16:44:03" nasa.gov Construction Complete on First of Two New Test Stands at NASA Marshall Next summer, NASA engineers will push the limits of the fuel tanks that will power the agency's Space Launch System (SLS), the massive rocket that will take humans farther into deep space than we ever traveled. Workers at NASA Marshall have completed the At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, completion of major construction on Test Stand 4697, which will be used to subject NASA's Space Launch System core stage to stresses approximating or even exceeding those found at launch or in spaceflight.
"27.09.2016 19:42:12" appel.nasa.gov NASA Missions to Demonstrate Planetary Defense Capabilities | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership In 2013, an asteroid exploded over Siberia with the force of roughly 500 kilotons of TNT. Today, NASA is exploring new planetary defense techniques to protect Earth's future. How NASA missions like ARM and OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission aid development of future planetary defense tech: http://go.nasa.gov/2dxj05e
"26.09.2016 15:51:35" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Watch as NASA-supported technology saves the life of an unconscious F-16 pilot. This video shows the heads-up-display (HUD) of an F-16, in which an international student pilot experienced a g-induced loss of consciousness. The aircraft's nose then dropped Auto-GCAS, or Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System: an aircraft safety system developed by NASA, the US Air Force, and Lockheed Martin. Auto-GCAS uses trajectory and terrain data to recover aircraft from uncontrolled dives, as happened with this USAF
"23.09.2016 16:18:19" youtube.com Erin Betts is #NASAProud NASA is known as a great place to work for several reasons. Hear real employees share their personal motivations and stories about why they are proud to work... Propulsion engineer Erin Betts co-headed a small team at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center that dissected a Saturn V F-1 engine and ran its gas generator through a hot fire test. From her #VPMC profile: http://go.nasa.gov/2dfynin #nasaproud
"22.09.2016 14:37:56" appel.nasa.gov Expanding the Evidence Base to Mitigate Risk | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership According to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, “Space is hard.” Hardest of all may be the question of how to address ethical issues and risk involved in human spaceflight. Expanding the Evidence Base to Mitigate Risk—notes on ethics and risk in human spaceflight: http://go.nasa.gov/2d2CNM7
"21.09.2016 16:23:00" NASA SLS QM-2 SRB Test in Slow Motion Last June, NASA's Space Launch System and Orbital ATK successfully completed the SLS QM-2 test, firing a chilled 5-segment solid rocket booster for 2 minutes: http://go.nasa.gov/29zH0n4
Now you can view the first fraction of a second of the test in
"20.09.2016 16:33:03" youtube.com Masters with Masters 32 (Sam Hussey and DeVon Griffin) The Human Research Program (HRP) is dedicated to discovering the best methods and technologies to support safe, productive human space travel. On January 20,... New in our Masters with Masters series: Ed Hoffman sits down with Sam Hussey and DeVon Griffin of NASA's Glenn Research Center Human Research Program — http://go.nasa.gov/2d2cE15
"19.09.2016 17:45:53" nasa.gov NASA Glenn Inducts New Class into Hall of Fame The NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame was established to honor and recognize those who have built exemplary careers and contributed to our center's success. At NASA's Glenn Research Center, meet the first batch of new inductees into the Hall of Fame, honored and recognized for enabling technological advancement and the success of the center and the agency: https://go.nasa.gov/2ci849n
"16.09.2016 21:42:56" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration From cancer research to DNA sequencing, the International Space Station is proving to be an ideal platform for medical research. JPL and the National Cancer Institute also renewed their research partnership to continue developing methods in data science
"15.09.2016 15:22:19" appel.nasa.gov OSIRIS-REx Heads for Near-Earth Time Capsule | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership With the successful launch of OSIRIS-REx on September 8, 2016, NASA is on its way to orbit, survey, and sample a “time capsule” in space: the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Udpate on OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission progress! After a flawless Atlas V launch, the probe is now en route to perform a "gentle high-five" with the asteroid Bennu. http://go.nasa.gov/2cpQLUJ
There will be an Earth flyby in September 2017, asteroid
"14.09.2016 18:04:16" NASA Goddard #FacebookLive TODAY: Take a tour inside NASA Goddard's Robotic Operations Center (ROC) facility and learn how NASA's Asteroid Redirect Missions (ARM) is important for the #JourneytoMars and planetary defense.
Join us LIVE here at 3 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. PDT/ Related to today's NASA Goddard Space Flight Center event with White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the planned Asteroid Redirect Mission, here's how ARM helps on our #JourneyToMars: http://go.nasa.gov/1Hb5EFz
"13.09.2016 16:37:30" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Manned Spaceflight Moved West | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Fifty-five years ago, NASA announced that the Space Task Group, formed to foster the U.S. human space exploration program, was headed for Houston.The command to send humans to the moon and bring them safely home again came on May 25, 1961. In the throes Houston, we have a Space Center! From STG to MSC to JSC, the story of how NASA's Johnson Space Center, home to Mission Control and NASA human spaceflight, came to stand atop a land torn apart by Hurricane Carla in the 1960s: http://go.nasa.gov/2claoxa
"12.09.2016 20:29:42" Orion LAS Jettison Motor Test "Creating a jettison motor is like baking two big cakes and making enough batter for some leftover cupcakes." That's how NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) business manager Tim Warner describes the mixing and sculpting process to produce
"09.09.2016 18:01:56" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration #ICYMI, our OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launched Thursday on an Atlas V rocket on a mission is to sample an asteroid, retrieve at least two ounces of surface material and return it to Earth for study. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2cvOSHR From last night, launch of the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission aboard an Atlas V 411! (Listen carefully for a Star Trek reference at the moment of liftoff.)
More on OSIRIS-REx and info from mission scientists and engineers in our story "NASA Sets Its
"08.09.2016 18:05:42" youtube.com Journey to Bennu Trailer NASAs OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on a mission to explore asteroid Bennu and return a sample to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx launch window opens on September 8, 2016, ... Watch NASA TV tonight for the launch of the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission aboard an Atlas V 411! Launch window opens at 7:05 PM EDT. http://go.nasa.gov/2cFrC9s
If you were wondering, "411" means 4m payload fairing, 1-engine Centaur upper stage, and 1
"07.09.2016 16:33:49" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: Human Space Exploration Program to Reevaluate Reserves | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) called for NASA to closely examine cost and schedule reserves for Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1). From the Government Brief: GAO report assesses SLS progress towards EM-1. http://go.nasa.gov/2cdm33Q
"06.09.2016 15:41:11" appel.nasa.gov NASA Sets Its Sights on Scientific Treasure | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership In September 2016, NASA will launch its first mission to orbit, study, and sample an asteroid in order to learn more about the origins of the solar system and life on Earth. This Thursday, September 8th, the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission launches to Asteroid Bennu on a hunt for scientific treasure. The team that worked on the spacecraft talks about the technical challenges and future promises of bringing back pieces of an
"31.08.2016 14:41:49" appel.nasa.gov August 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. To explore the current edition as well as past issues, please visit the APPEL News Digest Archives page The August edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released! Explore it on the APPEL website today.
"30.08.2016 17:39:07" nasa.gov Specialized Transporters Move Core Stage of NASA's Space Launch System NASA's newest transporters are no ordinary trucks. An American company designed and built the highly specialized, mobile platforms specifically to transport the 212-foot SLS core stage, the largest part of the 322-foot SLS rocket that will send humans Before going to assembly and launch, NASA's Space Launch System core stages will need ground transportation between facilities. Here are the people and vehicles that will make it possible, with modular remote control trucks that can operate singly (for
"29.08.2016 20:03:37" appel.nasa.gov What GOES Around, Comes Around | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership I was managing the Earth Observing Systems (EOS) platforms project at Goddard Space Flight Center, and I wasn't looking for a new job. But one day, the new Center Director, Dr. John Klineberg, called me into his office and said “How would you like to be With NOAA's GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series) now at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to prepare for launch in November 2016, a look back at the GOES project in 2004, from the APPEL archives: http://go.nasa.gov/2bMJrT1
"26.08.2016 15:27:27" missionjuno.swri.edu Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday | Mission Juno NASA's Mission Juno will explore Jupiter, seeking to unlock secrets of the giant planet and our solar system. On July 4th, NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter entered into a highly elliptical orbit around Jupiter. Tomorrow, that orbit takes her closer than ever to the gas giant, zipping 4,200km over the cloud tops…with pictures to come next week:
"25.08.2016 20:08:11" i.imgur.com i.imgur.com Splash! In case you missed it, here's NASA's Orion Spacecraft drop test at NASA Langley Research Center Hydro Impact Basin again. http://go.nasa.gov/2bjpLVZ
"25.08.2016 19:31:22" NASA's Orion Spacecraft We're coming to you live today from an Orion water drop test at the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Join host Eric Gillard, of NASA Langley, and guest Mark Baldwin, of Lockheed Martin, for this exciting milestone Live now from NASA Langley Research Center: see NASA's Orion Spacecraft capsule get splash-tested in the Hydro Impact Basin.
"24.08.2016 15:45:16" NASA Sun Science - with Little SDO After 22 months of silence, we have reestablished contact with STEREO-B!
Communications with the spacecraft -- one of the two spacecraft that make up the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, mission -- were lost on Oct. 1, 2014, Congrats to the STEREO team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on reestablishing communications with the STEREO-B spacecraft! Additional details on restoration efforts at http://stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov/new.shtml
"23.08.2016 18:50:33" appel.nasa.gov NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) This month in NASA History: Ever heard of the "Flying Bathtub?" The story of the wingless, tub-like glider that proved the Space Shuttle could land: http://go.nasa.gov/2bKFWwJ
"19.08.2016 14:15:55" nasa.gov NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) On NASA TV right now, watch International Space Station astronauts Jeff Williams (astronaut) and Kate Rubins out on EVA 36 to install the International Docking Adapter: http://go.nasa.gov/1Ms4aqH
"18.08.2016 23:58:46" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We're working to send astronauts beyond Earth's orbit to destinations deep in space on our #JourneyToMars. The powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will send astronauts in the Orion spacecraft to places never before explored, enabling humanity to In "Exploring Beyond," witness an exciting preview of the technologies that will come together to launch our astronauts into deep space aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the Space Launch System.
"18.08.2016 22:08:42" Photos from NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s post Highlight of this #NASAMarsDay: tune in to NASA TV right now for an RS-25 engine test at NASA Stennis Space Center: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Four of these RS-25 engines will join forces with two 5-segment solid rocket motors on the Space Launch System,
"18.08.2016 21:48:40" appel.nasa.gov NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) It's #NASAMarsDay, a showcase for NASA's human Journey to Mars! How are we going to get there, and why? http://go.nasa.gov/1JXqSIA
"17.08.2016 15:02:23" appel.nasa.gov NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) All engineers can benefit from project management training, even those not on the management track. Dr. Dale Crossman talks about how project management tools and techniques are useful to hands-on engineers in their work: http://go.nasa.gov/2b1VIUy
"12.08.2016 19:37:35" appel.nasa.gov NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) On September 25, 2015, NASA RaD-X launched on a balloon-lofted mission to measure high-altitude cosmic radiation exposure for aircrew safety—and helped the team's professional development through Project HOPE. In just 18 months they took the project from
"05.08.2016 18:08:39" appel.nasa.gov NASA Inspires Synergy Between Music and Science | APPEL Recently, a NASA mission encouraged musicians to look to space as inspiration for creative expression. This isn't the first time a composer has turned NASA findings into art. In 1970, composer Charles Dodge was looking for a new project. He found it in the form of @NASA data notating interactions between solar wind and the magnetic field surrounding the earth. In the resulting piece of music, Earth's Magnetic Field, Dodge
"29.07.2016 15:14:18" appel.nasa.gov July 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available | APPEL APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. The July edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released! Explore it on the APPEL website today.
"27.07.2016 20:13:33" appel.nasa.gov New Rover to Explore Past and Future Concerns on Mars | APPEL In 2021, NASA intends to land a rover on Mars that will help scientists look for signs of Martian life in the past while advancing plans to send humans to the red planet in the future. “The laser is mounted up on the [Mars 2020 rover's] mast, and it fires high-energy laser light at the rock and actually causes that rock to vaporize. And when that vapor cools down, it emits light that comes back to the rover that tells us what minerals
"20.07.2016 17:13:24" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: HARV Enhanced Aircraft Agility | APPEL Twenty-five years ago this month, NASA redefined aircraft maneuverability and control with the first flight of a vehicle featuring a thrust-vectoring control system (TVCS). For aircraft—military fighter planes in particular—maneuverability is critical. One way to enhance maneuverability is to maintain a high angle of attack, also known as high alpha, in which the pilot increases the angle between the aircraft's forward
"15.07.2016 20:30:34" appel.nasa.gov The Role of Dissent in Driving Project Success | APPEL During June's Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge, Dr. Nigel Packham and Peter Spidaliere discussed the value of the dissenting opinion in reducing program and project risk. "People think the dissenting opinion is outside of the norm, but I would remind them that it's in everything we do in aerospace design. Thoughtful argumentation, polite argumentation, or discussion to find the best or correct solution is part of what we
"11.07.2016 17:54:23" appel.nasa.gov Juno Orbiter Arrives On Target | APPEL NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, and is set to begin unlocking the mysteries of the gas giant and the origins of our solar system. “To put a spacecraft in orbit around the most intense planet in the solar system, you've got to fire the main engine at exactly the right time, at exactly the right place. That's not easy.”
~Guy Beutelschies, director of interplanetary missions at
"08.07.2016 14:21:29" appel.nasa.gov SLS Booster Soars Past Critical Milestone | APPEL On June 29, 2016, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) successfully completed the final qualification motor test (QM-2) of its solid rocket booster (SRB). “It's really important to bracket our flight performance requirements. This vehicle has to be able to fly from a propellant temperature of 40 degrees to 90 degrees. And we really want to maximize our launch availability windows. Being able to go to Mars
"01.07.2016 19:39:38" appel.nasa.gov Explore Easy Access to APPEL News Digest | APPEL The APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. Good news! APPEL is introducing a range of ways to access the Academy's monthly publication, APPEL News Digest.
"30.06.2016 20:09:16" appel.nasa.gov June 2016 APPEL News Digest Now Available | APPEL The APPEL News Digest is a monthly collection of the Academy's news articles as well as notable social media interactions, videos, and archived material. The June edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released! Explore it on the APPEL website today.
"29.06.2016 00:29:00" appel.nasa.gov NASA Engages Women with Data Science | APPEL A recent NASA-hosted event examined current successes as well as future challenges and opportunities for getting women and girls to engage with data to solve key global concerns. “NASA is more than just astronauts. We have women engineers, mathematicians, geologists, biologists, astrophysicists, and—yes—rocket scientists. We have women leading our centers, overseeing launches, building rockets, studying our earth, studying the
"24.06.2016 18:17:36" appel.nasa.gov NASA Advances Aviation with Six New X-Planes | APPEL In 2017, NASA Aeronautics will launch a new X-plane program as part of a 10-year plan to transform the American aviation industry. The goal of NASA Aeronautics' new 10-year plan is to develop aircraft that use 50% less fuel, produce 75% fewer emissions, and are notably more quiet than today's vehicles. Doing so will have profound benefits for the aviation industry.
"22.06.2016 15:06:10" Timeline Photos JOIN US TODAY at 1:30PM EDT! Today's Virtual Project Management Challenge will focus on the topic of "Considering It All For Project Success: Dissenting Opinions at NASA"
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"21.06.2016 16:42:38" nasa.gov Considering It All For Project Success: Dissenting Opinions at NASA The final session of NASA's Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge three-part series on schedule, cost, and risk will look at how project and program managers might reduce project risk by actively encouraging the expression of dissenting opinions among REMINDER: Join us tomorrow from 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT for the next Virtual Project Management Challenge entitled: Considering It All For Project Success: Dissenting Opinions at NASA.
* Nigel Packham, Manager of the Flight Safety Office
"17.06.2016 17:51:27" appel.nasa.gov BEAM Expands Crew Options in LEO and Deep Space | APPEL By testing a novel inflatable habitat on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA looks to expand possibilities for crewed missions while containing costs. BEAM, the first human-rated expandable structure launched to space, is a prototype of an inflatable area for astronauts to live and work. Modules like BEAM could serve multiple purposes. In low Earth orbit (LEO), they will support the expansion of
"14.06.2016 20:38:25" appel.nasa.gov Juno Prepares to Peer into Jupiter's Past | APPEL On Independence Day, NASA's Juno mission will begin uncovering Jupiter's secrets to help scientists learn more about the evolution of the planet and our solar system. Juno will begin uncovering Jupiter's secrets this summer. The first solar-powered mission to operate around an outer planet, Juno is breaking new ground with its energy-efficient instruments and spacecraft, plus a mission design that avoids Jupiter's
"09.06.2016 22:23:57" appel.nasa.gov Maximizing CubeSat Utility for Science | APPEL A particularly compelling use for CubeSats may be as part of a swarm or constellation, in which 10 to 100 are employed in tandem. Together, these CubeSats could provide multiple simultaneous measurements, making them ideally suited to address the
"03.06.2016 18:48:30" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: On-Orbit Challenges Moved NASA Closer to the Moon | APPEL Telemetry signals following the launch of the ATDA suggested that the payload fairing failed to jettison, which meant the docking port could be blocked. As soon as Stafford and Cernan reached the target, they confirmed the bad news. They saw that the
"27.05.2016 19:15:40" appel.nasa.gov Partnering to Mitigate Human Health Risk | APPEL Human spaceflight is inherently risky. To mitigate risk, NASA engages in a range of activities designed to support the health of crew. Spaceflight poses certain unavoidable risks to human physiology. As the agency moves closer to sending manned missions into deep space for the first time in nearly five decades, it is taking critical steps to understand and limit risks to astronaut health
"25.05.2016 18:28:12" appel.nasa.gov SLS Booster Heads for Critical Test | APPEL NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the world's most powerful launch vehicle, is on track for the final ground-fire test of its solid rocket booster (SRB). The first ground test, QM-1, of the SLS solid rocket booster (SRB) took place in March 2015. A second SRB ground test, QM-2, will take place this summer. For QM-2, which will assess the motor's performance at the low end of its temperature range, booster
"20.05.2016 12:41:37" appel.nasa.gov Kepler Expands Understanding of Planetary Population | APPEL The Kepler space telescope leads the way in the discovery of exoplanets: worlds that orbit other stars in our galaxy. Recently, the team doubled the number of confirmed planets out there. “We're going to change the way you see the universe. When you look up in the sky, you're not just going to see pinpoints of lights and see them as stars, you're going to see pinpoints of lights and see them as planetary systems, and as part of that larger
"17.05.2016 14:44:18" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The Digital Fly-By-Wire Program Revolutionized Flight | APPEL Forty-four years ago this month, NASA replaced the flight control system on an F-8C Crusader with a computer from the Apollo Program and sent the aircraft soaring into the sky.
"10.05.2016 20:46:05" appel.nasa.gov Engineering Solutions for the 21st Century | APPEL The Grand Challenges for Engineering ask current and future engineers to consider what they can do to shape humanity's future. In 2008, an international committee of scientists, engineers, and other experts—with input from individuals around the globe—established 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in this century. According to a new publication from the National Academy of
"05.05.2016 20:36:14" appel.nasa.gov appel.nasa.gov As NASA moves further along the path toward manned missions to Mars, the agency is actively investigating propulsion systems that enhance efficiency and mission flexibility compared with traditional chemical propellant. SEP, which has been under As NASA moves further along the path toward manned missions to Mars, the agency is actively investigating propulsion systems that enhance efficiency and mission flexibility compared with traditional chemical propellant. Solar electric propulsion (SEP),
"04.05.2016 23:22:33" NASA Goddard It's dazzling!
#ICYMI - here's our time-lapse of the NASA Webb Telescope primary mirrors being raised upright to prepare for the integration of its science instruments.
"27.04.2016 16:00:10" appel.nasa.gov Planetary Science Builds on Success to Expand Exploration | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... From exploring new worlds to investing in novel technology, NASA's Planetary Science Division (PSD) continues to build on its 2015 successes. Last year was an exciting one for solar system exploration, from the discovery of liquid water on Mars to New Horizons' first-ever flyby of the Pluto system. Thanks in part to those successes, NASA's Planetary Science Division is looking forward to a
"26.04.2016 15:23:43" appel.nasa.gov NASA and Lockheed Martin Get Ready to Rumble | NASA APPEL Forty-five years after Congress defunded the American commercial supersonic transport (SST) program, NASA and Lockheed Martin plan to design a quieter supersonic X-plane. “The design is for a piloted test aircraft that can fly at supersonic speeds but create a sonic boom that's more like a soft thump instead of the annoying boom that currently prohibits commercial supersonic flight over land.” ~ Charlie Bolden speaking
"21.04.2016 17:21:52" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: Agency Sustains Positive Trend for Major Projects | APPEL – Academy of... NASA continues to improve cost and schedule performance among large-scale projects, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessment. A recent GAO report examined 18 NASA projects with life-cycle costs over $250 million: 5 in the formulation stage and 13 in the implementation stage. The projects ranged from Earth-observing satellites to spacecraft designed to advance the agency's human
"19.04.2016 14:00:00" appel.nasa.gov Academy Bookshelf: Abandoned in Place | APPEL - Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership April 4, 2016 // by APPEL News Staff A new book by photographer Roland Miller memorializes elements of America's early space program while capturing the spirit of exploration that continues to drive NASA today. Nearly 30 years ago, Miller took his first “Part of the importance of documenting these historic remnants of early space travel and exploration lies in the remnants' capacity for inspiring curiosity and creativity. They inspire our primal instincts to explore and push boundaries” ~ Roland
"18.04.2016 19:40:28" appel.nasa.gov Expanding the Horizons of Knowledge | NASA APPEL The annual public lecture held during Space Science Week examined a discovery that transformed understanding of our solar system and prioritized a mission to Pluto. "We thought we understood the geography of our solar system. We didn't. We thought we understood the population of planets in our solar system. And we were wrong,” ~ Alan Stern
"14.04.2016 18:16:31" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: A Record-Breaking Odyssey Began | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project... Fifteen years ago this month, the 2001 Mars Odyssey launched from Cape Canaveral to become the longest-operating spacecraft around the red planet. Fifteen years ago this month, the 2001 Mars Odyssey launched from Cape Canaveral to become the longest-operating spacecraft around the red planet.
"30.03.2016 16:57:41" appel.nasa.gov Examining Evidence Reports to Mitigate Risk | NASA APPEL As NASA forges ahead on the journey to Mars, it is supported by the National Academies in investigating human health risks associated with manned deep space exploration. "[E]very astronaut that flies essentially is part of a broader experiment. So astronauts that have left the agency come back, year after year, [to] participate in something we call the long-term study of astronaut health. Because not every effect is going
"28.03.2016 16:00:00" appel.nasa.gov Mars Special Regions Redefined | APPEL - Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership March 9, 2016 // by APPEL News Staff NASA's journey to Mars includes robotic exploration of the red planet as well as eventual crewed missions. For both approaches, planetary protection is a critical issue. The international planetary protection policy is NASA’s journey to Mars includes robotic exploration of the red planet as well as eventual crewed missions. For both approaches, planetary protection is a critical issue.
Learn more about the recent Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Report
"25.03.2016 15:24:45" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The SCW Broke the Transonic Efficiency Barrier | APPEL - Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership March 3, 2016 // by APPEL News Staff Forty-five years ago this month, the first flight of NASA's F-8 Supercritical Wing Project marked the start of increased speed and fuel efficiency across the aviation industry. Airplanes have been flying at subsonic Forty-five years ago this month, the first flight of NASA’s F-8 Supercritical Wing Project marked the start of increased speed and fuel efficiency across the aviation industry.
"24.03.2016 15:57:38" appel.nasa.gov STTR Drives Development of Actionable Technologies | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... A recent National Academies report assessed the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, which advances technology through the support of NASA and other federal agencies. A recent National Academies report assessed the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, which advances technology through the support of NASA and other federal agencies.
"02.03.2016 15:57:29" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Two thumbs up from NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, seen resting in a chair outside of the spacecraft just minutes after he and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Welcome home NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly! #YearInSpace
"01.03.2016 20:46:03" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo "Take a leap and explore new possibilities! Good morning and Happy Leap Day from the International Space Station!" ~ NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly
"01.03.2016 20:46:03" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo "Take a leap and explore new possibilities! Good morning and Happy Leap Day from the International Space Station!" ~ NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly
"01.03.2016 20:44:23" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Watch live as astronaut Scott Kelly returns home from his #YearInSpace mission today. Live coverage streaming online starts with farewell and hatch closure at 4:15 p.m. EST.
See full schedule & viewing details: http://go.nasa.gov/1T6vj9D
Watch live at: Follow along today starting at 4:15pm EST as NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly begins his journey home from the International Space Station.
Watch live: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/
"25.02.2016 15:57:22" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: An International Partnership Emerged | NASA APPEL On February 3, 1994, the first joint U.S.-Russia space shuttle mission lifted off from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and rocketed toward orbit. The groundbreaking #YearInSpace mission comes to an end on March 1st with the return of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. But this isn't the first time NASA has partnered with Roscosmos to study the effects of
"23.02.2016 15:40:57" Timeline Photos REMINDER: Join us today from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST for the rescheduled Virtual Project Management Challenge:
Project Derailed? Get Back on Track with Schedule and Cost
We will be taking questions from the audience using the hashtag #askVPMC.
"15.02.2016 13:30:00" appel.nasa.gov EM-1 Will Advance Low-Cost Deep Space Exploration | NASA APPEL When the Space Launch System (SLS) blasts off for the first time in 2018, it will propel science and technology farther along the journey to Mars. When NASA's Space Launch System lifts off on its maiden voyage, Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) will carry 13 small satellites, each with one goal in common: to propel us forward on the #JourneyToMars.
Learn more about how EM-1 will advance low-cost d
"13.02.2016 13:30:01" appel.nasa.gov NASA Expands Transportation Options in LEO | NASA APPEL With three new Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) contracts, NASA is reinvigorating support for the International Space Station (ISS) as it maintains a focus on deep space missions. Expanding transportation options to the International Space Station allows NASA to focus on deep space missions.
Three new Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) contracts awarded to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems will enab
"09.02.2016 18:20:21" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Want to hear about the #StateOfNASA? Watch live as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden delivers remarks at 1:30 p.m. EST on NASA Television. Discover more about our scientific and technological achievements and cutting-edge future work. Details: http:/ Want to hear about the #StateOfNASA? Watch live as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden delivers remarks at 1:30 p.m. EST on NASA Television. Discover more about our scientific and technological achievements and cutting-edge future work. Details: http:/
"08.02.2016 15:11:05" appel.nasa.gov At GRC, Rocket U Achieves High-Altitude Success | NASA APPEL Glenn Research Center’s (GRC) Rocket University reached the height of success with its pilot program and the Autonomously Navigated parGliding Experimental Lander (ANGEL) project. At NASA's Glenn Research Center, Rocket University (Rocket U) gives early-career employees hands-on experience through the full life cycle of a flight project.
Jeffrey Chin, a Rocket U team member, spoke with APPEL News about his team's controlled
"04.02.2016 21:24:33" Timeline Photos In his role as chief of the Flight Projects Office in NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP), Mark Wiese helps the agency obtain launches while supporting the development of new commercial launch opportunities.
We recently sat down with Wiese and lea
"29.01.2016 18:00:00" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: James Webb Space Telescope on Schedule | NASA APPEL As its 2018 launch approaches, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to progress on schedule, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). One of the most complex projects at NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is on budget and on schedule to help humankind better understand the cosmos.
According to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), NASA Webb Telescope
"29.01.2016 14:23:24" appel.nasa.gov NASA and NOAA Assess Rising Temperature Trend | NASA APPEL Data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Institute (NOAA) confirm that 2015 was the warmest year on record. NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have confirmed that 2015 was the warmest year on record.
“The eventual warming of the planet is actually quite closely controlled by the
"26.01.2016 14:10:34" go.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: New Horizons Made History—the First Time | NASA APPEL This month in NASA History, NASA's New Horizons mission overcame a critical hardware concern and launched on time to become the first spacecraft to reach Pluto.
A propellant tank on its new launch vehicle, the Atlas V rocket, had failed catastrophic
"25.01.2016 20:48:13" CANCELLATION NOTICE: The NASA Virtual Project Management Challenge Project Derailed? Get Back on Track with Schedule and Cost has been canceled due to the current weather conditions, which have impacted the travel capabilities of many people involved
Learn more about what project managers can do if an aerospace project falls be
"09.01.2016 14:00:01" appel.nasa.gov Academy Bookshelf: Compelling People and Executive Presence | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project... No silver bullet can increase your persuasiveness or influence, but you can change the way others see you, according to author and APPEL instructor Matthew Kohut. What are the secret ingredients to being a compelling, influential person? While there is no single perfect potion for everybody, NASA APPEL instructor Matthew Kohut suggests that the key lies in balancing behaviors and traits that others expect from
"29.12.2015 18:14:28" appel.nasa.gov Value-Based Approach to Optimizing Resource Allocation | NASA APPEL A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a novel framework for prioritizing resources to deliver on key Earth science objectives. Understanding Earth as a complex, dynamic system is critical to understanding how every interacting element, including human activities, affect one another.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a no
"22.12.2015 14:39:33" appel.nasa.gov From the APPEL Director: The Privilege of Training NASA’s Workforce | NASA APPEL Looking back at 2015, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said, “Our workforce continues to do amazing things.” At APPEL, it is our privilege to support their efforts. NASA supports and promotes the development of its workforce in a number of ways. It's why the agency was ranked the Best Place to Work in the Federal Government, among large agencies, for the fourth time in a row.
Read a message from APPEL director
"10.12.2015 01:00:58" appel.nasa.gov With today's docking of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), an Arlington, Virginia, school can now claim that they have launched into orbit the first CubeSat built by elementary school students.
Read more about
"08.12.2015 14:28:30" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The U.S. SCORE’d in the Race to Space | NASA APPEL On December 18, 1958, a top-secret mission rocketed into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. One day later, its success was broadcast around the world. “This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space." Those words by President Dwight D. Eisenhower were radioed by the SCORE satellite on
"30.11.2015 00:59:01" appel.nasa.gov At GRC, Science Underscores Project Management | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... For Nancy Rabel Hall, a love of science and learning paved the way to becoming a project manager at Glenn Research Center (GRC). It was a sixth grade science teacher who got Nancy Rabel Hall (right) of Brooklyn, New York, interested in science. Today, Hall manages four projects destined for flight aboard International Space Station.
APPEL News sat down with Hall to find out h
"24.11.2015 14:18:14" appel.nasa.gov Commercial Crew Program Expands Opportunities | NASA APPEL NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is driving the expansion of the U.S. economy into space while supporting the agency’s journey to Mars. With initial crewed missions planned for 2017, NASA Commercial Crew Program will enhance the affordability of space travel while supporting the U.S. economy.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/1IbxpvF
"20.11.2015 17:16:48" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The Cornerstone of the ISS Reached Orbit | NASA APPEL On November 20, 1998, the Zarya module launched from Kazakhstan aboard a three-stage Proton rocket to form the cornerstone of the International Space Station (ISS). Zarya, the first International Space Station (ISS) module to reach orbit, launched today in 1998 aboard a Russian Proton rocket.
The crew of Expedition 1 arrived nearly two years later, marking the beginning of 15 years of continuous human presence
"19.11.2015 00:55:00" appel.nasa.gov ISS Marks 15th Anniversary | NASA APPEL On November 2, 2015, NASA and its international partners celebrated a decade and a half of continuous human presence on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA administrator Charlie Bolden says the International Space Station (ISS) should be considered "the blueprint for peaceful global cooperation."
November 2, 2015 marked 15 years of continuous human presence aboard ISS. Read more on the orbiting l
"17.11.2015 17:58:59" Timeline Photos Haven't registered for today's Virtual Project Management Challenge? No problem! Watch live and be sure to ask questions using #askVPMC: http://go.nasa.gov/1MkiLWF
"13.11.2015 20:11:37" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Preparation for the upcoming cargo delivery, studying liquid in microgravity and more on our weekly International Space Station update. Watch and ask questions using #SpaceToGround: https://youtu.be/tQ_eK5q2q0w Preparation for the upcoming cargo delivery, studying liquid in microgravity and more on our weekly International Space Station update. Watch and ask questions using #SpaceToGround: https://youtu.be/tQ_eK5q2q0w
"11.11.2015 18:00:21" appel.nasa.gov Parachute Tests Support Orion | NASA APPEL In August, the Orion parachute system was put through a risky scenario: landing without two key parachutes. The results were even better than predicted. In August, NASA’s Orion Spacecraft was dropped without one of its drogue parachutes as well as one of its main parachutes. The results were better than expected.
"It was really better than you could hope for to have that kind of success," said Stua
"10.11.2015 15:29:21" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo From possible ice volcanoes to twirling moons, NASA's New Horizons science team is discussing more than 50 exciting discoveries about Pluto at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences.
"10.11.2015 15:29:21" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo "From possible ice volcanoes to twirling moons, NASA’s New Horizons science team discussing more than 50 exciting discoveries about Pluto at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences.
Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1M3TSOT
The session entitled "Why Don’t They Just Give Us Money? Project C
"07.11.2015 13:30:00" appel.nasa.gov Plans and Progress on the Journey to Mars | NASA APPEL The agency charts a clear and sustainable path toward human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) in NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration. Collaborations and integration across NASA centers are charting a clear path on the Journey to Mars.
Read the report and learn how NASA is making progress on sending human missions to Mars: http://go.nasa.gov/1laPQvp
"04.11.2015 15:17:53" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Have you ever wanted to #BeAnAstronaut? Applications for our next astronaut class open on Dec. 14! More information here: http://go.nasa.gov/1RT2g53 Dreaming of being a NASA astronaut? Do you meet these basic requirements?
☑ U.S. Citizen
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Applications open December 14, 2015!
"04.11.2015 00:34:00" appel.nasa.gov In Their Own Words: Preserving International Space Station Knowledge | NASA APPEL As a new International Space Station (ISS) engineering manager in 1986, I quickly learned that having the right mix of people was the key to my team’s success and that sustaining success depended on an environment that encouraged people to pass on ex As NASA marks 15 years of continuous crewed habitation aboard the International Space Station (ISS), revisit how the ISS works in the words of project engineers and program managers who helped design and build it.
"24.10.2015 01:00:00" appel.nasa.gov CubeSats Transform Technology while Expanding Educational Opportunities | APPEL – Academy of... A fleet of cubesats intent on advancing technology development, scientific research, and educational outreach recently hitched a ride into low Earth orbit (LEO). Transforming technology, expanding education. That's what a fleet of CubeSats, part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program, aim to accomplish.
“Our mission is something like a matryoshka doll, a nesting doll. We have a mission w
"21.10.2015 18:44:55" appel.nasa.gov Advancing CubeSat Technology for Communications and Exploration | APPEL – Academy of... The Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) mission is helping transform communications and deep space exploration capabilities. This CubeSat mission is helping revolutionize communications and deep space exploration capabilities.
Instead of using a radio signal, The Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) mission, supported by NASA's Small Spacecraft Technolo
"19.10.2015 16:20:12" NASA Commercial Crew Program What will it take to make NASA Commercial Crew Program spacecraft successful? #AskNASA now and one of our NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts will tell you! Astronauts Sunita Williams and Bob Behnken will answer your questions about NASA Commercial Crew Program today at 12:30 p.m. ET. Use #AskNASA!
Williams and Behnken are two of the four astronauts selected to train for launch aboard the new human-rat
"16.10.2015 20:51:39" nasa.gov Scott Kelly Becomes U.S. Astronaut to Spend Most Time in Space U.S. astronaut and commander of the current Expedition 45 crew, Scott Kelly, is breaking spaceflight records. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly has broken a record for cumulative days in space by a U.S. astronaut. October 16, 2015 was his 383rd day in orbit, surpassing astronaut Mike Fincke's spaceflight record of 382 cumulative days.
Kelly's year-long mission ab
"14.10.2015 18:32:00" appel.nasa.gov Enhancing Career Potential by Cultivating a System-Level Mentality | NASA APPEL At a recent Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge, presenter Bohdan (Bo) Bejmuk discussed how a system-level perspective can enhance project management efforts. For project managers, embracing a systems-level mentality can help mitigate risk, eliminate threats, and even enhance careers.
At a recent Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge, APPEL News sat down with Bohdan "Bo" Bejmuk, former Space Shuttle S
"14.10.2015 01:06:50" appel.nasa.gov A Relentless Focus on the Mission | NASA APPEL As someone who has worn a lot of hats within NASA, I would be the last person to say that policies and procedures don’t matter. They’re absolutely critical if we’re to do our jobs effectively. But it’s not an accomplishment to put out a procedure or "If you’re not doing the mission or something that supports the mission, then stop what you’re doing and focus your energies on work that does support the mission."
These are the words of Rex Geveden, former NASA associate administrator. What does
"08.10.2015 17:19:38" appel.nasa.gov Following the Water to Find Signs of Life | NASA APPEL Once thought barren, Mars now holds the promise of life beyond Earth as scientists confirm the presence of liquid water on the red planet. “Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past,” says Jim Green, NASA's Planetary Science Division Director.
Now that scientists can confirm the presence of liquid water on Mars, the potential for discovering life on the red plane
"07.10.2015 15:20:53" nasa.gov NASA Sets Coverage Schedule for CubeSat Launch Events Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Prelaunch media briefings and launch comm Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Among them are the first CubeSats design
"06.10.2015 14:56:03" nasa.gov NASA "Hacks": The Real Stories If Andy Weir's fictional hacks sound far-fatched, learn the real NASA stories of survial. In the new movie "The Martian," Mark Watney must get creative with limited resources if he wants to survive. What tools can he repurpose? How many different ways can he use duct tape?
Although the story is science fiction, NASA has a long history of
"02.10.2015 20:59:41" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The LLRV Took a Short Hop for Mankind | NASA APPEL The first flight of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV), in October 1964, didn’t go far—but that brief hop supported Apollo 11’s giant leap five years later. Before Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon, they practiced on Earth. The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) took its first hop into the history books this month in 1964.
Learn how test pilots like Bruce Walker and Neil Armstrong used the LLRV t
"29.09.2015 19:45:12" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Enjoying #NationalCoffeeDay? Astronauts on the International Space Station don’t have it so easy. Learn about the challenges of coffee in space: http://go.nasa.gov/1PLofdI Would you like some gravity with that coffee?
Yes, even astronauts aboard the International Space Station drink coffee. See how it's possible:
"29.09.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov Turning Satellite Data into Actionable Decisions on Earth | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... A unique partnership between government agencies leverages space-based data to make a critical difference in the day-to-day lives of people on Earth. How can tea growers in Malawi use space-based data to minimize damage to their crops? How can the government of Bangladesh use satellite images to save lives during the country's devastating monsoon season?
Together, NASA and USAID - US Agency for I
"28.09.2015 15:56:19" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mars just got even more interesting. Tune in live as we announce a major science finding from our exploration of the Red Planet. Watch on NASA Television at 11:30 a.m. EDT: http://go.nasa.gov/1iENC5O WATCH LIVE: Learn about NASA's latest findings on Mars.
"28.09.2015 14:33:40" appel.nasa.gov NASA’s Human Spaceflight Program Moves Forward | NASA APPEL With the successful completion of Key Decision Point C (KDP-C), the Orion spacecraft is cleared to move ahead toward Exploration Missions 1 and 2 (EM-1 and EM-2). NASA’s Orion Spacecraft continues to make good technical progress, according to the latest agency review.
While the launch date for Orion's first crewed flight, Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2), has been extended to April 2023, NASA is still aiming to
"25.09.2015 17:19:46" Photos from NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s post RaD-X has successfully launched! It will take approximately 2 hours to get to full altitude. The entire mission will take 20+ hours to complete.
For additional information about the mission visit:
"25.09.2015 16:48:11" Timeline Photos WATCH LIVE: RaD-X is GO for launch! Balloon inflation is in progress. Watch live on NASA EDGE: http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge
"25.09.2015 14:31:24" appel.nasa.gov Hands-On Project Experience (HOPE) | NASA APPEL Pictured here is a September balloon launch by a young team of NASA engineers paves the way for higher... What is HOPE?
The Hands-On Project Experience (HOPE) is a cooperative workforce development program sponsored by the Academy and the Science Mission Directorate. The HOPE Training Program provides an opportunity for a team of early-entry NASA emplo
"25.09.2015 14:07:49" Timeline Photos NASA's Radiation Dosimetry Experiment (RaD-X) is cleared to launch at 10am MDT this morning out of Fort Sumner, NM. You can watch the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) operations live feed as the team prepares and NASA EDGE will begin broad
"24.09.2015 23:58:05" Photos from NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s post Tonight Steve Angelillo, APPEL Deputy Director, accepted the 2015 IACET Exemplar Training Organization Award on behalf of the APPEL Academy.
Learn more about this award: http://appel.nasa.gov/2015/09/18/appel-receives-iacet-2015-exemplar-award/
"24.09.2015 13:14:28" appel.nasa.gov EM-1 Will Advance CubeSat-Based Deep Space Technologies | NASA APPEL As Orion soars through Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in 2018, its payload will include several small satellites designed to enhance deep space exploration. The Cube. The Quest. The Challenge.
The NASA Centennial Challenges Program is allowing non-NASA teams and individuals to develop innovative technologies that will facilitate deep-space exploration. Called the "Cube Quest Challenge", the competition
"22.09.2015 18:41:14" Timeline Photos Have questions for Bo Bemjuk? Use the hastag #askVPMC.
"22.09.2015 18:01:38" Timeline Photos ...and we're live! Haven't registered for today's Virtual PM Challenge? Follow along and ask questions using #askVPMC.
Watch live: http://go.nasa.gov/1LLCFXy
"22.09.2015 17:23:32" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) REMINDER: APPEL will host the Virtual PM Challenge tomorrow (September 22, 2015), from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT, entitled Building Your Systems Mentality: Using Systems Engineering & Integration to Solve Project Challenges.
RSVP: http://www.cvent.com/d/0r Today's Virtual PM Challenge "Building Your Systems Mentality: Using Systems Engineering & Integration to Solve Project Challenges" begins in just over a half hour. At the end of the session we will be taking questions on Facebook and Twitter using t
"21.09.2015 16:44:57" Timeline Photos REMINDER: APPEL will host the Virtual PM Challenge tomorrow (September 22, 2015), from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT, entitled Building Your Systems Mentality: Using Systems Engineering & Integration to Solve Project Challenges.
"21.09.2015 11:10:01" Update from RaD-X: Low-level winds and an incoming storm are preventing a launch today. Next attempt could be Thursday or Friday.
"20.09.2015 20:22:25" Update from RaD-X: The mission is go for launch prep again tomorrow morning. Launch target is 7:30 AM MDT with prep starting at 3:30 AM MDT.
NASA EDGE will begin broadcasting one hour before launch at http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge.
"20.09.2015 12:06:19" Timeline Photos UPDATE from RaD-X: Ground and low-level winds are now too high for a launch. The RaD-X and Cubes In Space payloads are moving inside. Weather briefing will take place 11am MDT/1pm EDT.
After a launch scrub due to high ground and low-level winds,
"20.09.2015 11:19:17" ustream.tv NASA CSBF Operations CSBF Operations, Tower WebCam or Gondola Camera “Antarctica Operations http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-csbf-ldsd” LIVE NOW: Follow along as RaD-X prepares for launch.
"20.09.2015 11:05:23" Mobile Uploads In 2013, RaD-X was selected as NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Hands-On Project Experience (HOPE) program, a cooperative workforce development program sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and APPEL.
"20.09.2015 06:52:05" RaD-X is GO for a 7am MDT launch Sunday.
"18.09.2015 14:54:25" NASA's Johnson Space Center Big congratulations to JSC engineer E. Miralles on being named as one of the "20 Most Influential Latinos in Technology for 2015" by CNET en Espanol. For more information, see the story here: http://cnet.co/1imNw2x or http://cnet.co/1UXVbkg Congratulations to NASA's Johnson Space Center principal engineer Evelyn Miralles on being named one of the "20 Most Influential Latinos in Technology for 2015" by CNET en Español
Miralles works at NASA's Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab), a unique
"17.09.2015 17:05:24" appel.nasa.gov Dropping in on Mars | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Here I was: 26 years old, I had never worked on a flight project before, and all eyes were on me. Every time I walked by the Pathfinder project office, Tony Spear, the project manager, would throw his arm around me and announce, “Hey everybody, the w Getting to Mars is one thing. Landing there is a whole different story.
As NASA gets ready for the #JourneyToMars, revisit some lessons learned by Tom Rivellini, a then-26-year-old systems engineer for the Mars Pathfinder mission.
How did the tea
"16.09.2015 15:01:35" nasa.gov Commercial Crew Program NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. One year after the announcement of NASA Commercial Crew Program partners, crew access towers are being assembled, processing facilities are being upgraded, and actual spacecraft are being built.
See how partnering with SpaceX and Boeing will facilit
"15.09.2015 19:07:05" appel.nasa.gov APPEL Receives IACET 2015 Exemplar Award | NASA APPEL NASA’s Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) has been recognized for its exemplary, results-oriented training program. APPEL has been awarded the 2015 Exemplar Award by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training in recognition of APPEL's world-class professional development efforts.
Over the past five years, the Academy has trained more than
"14.09.2015 14:34:20" twitter.com NASA RaD-X on Twitter “#NASARaDX is no-go for Monday. Most likely no opportunities until Friday but we will check daily at 2pm MDT.” From the RaD-X team: “#NASARaDX is no-go for Monday. Most likely no opportunities until Friday but we will check daily at 2pm MDT.”
"13.09.2015 18:53:45" Timeline Photos As we await today's weather briefing, here is RaD-X in the hangar being prepped for launch.
"13.09.2015 13:04:28" The RaD-X team will meet today at 2pm MDT to determine if Monday AM’s launch window is a go.
"11.09.2015 19:00:00" Cover Photos RaD-X sitting in the hangar awaiting the "go" for launch.
Photo Credit: NASA APPEL/Erin Bonilla
"11.09.2015 19:00:00" Cover Photos RaD-X sitting in the hangar awaiting the "go" for launch.
Photo Credit: NASA APPEL/Erin Bonilla
"11.09.2015 13:40:37" science.larc.nasa.gov NASA's Radiation Dosimetry Experiment (RaD-X) NASA's Radiation Dosimetry Experiment, or RaD-X, is a high-altitude balloon project that will launch in September 2015. It will provide first-time indications of how cosmic rays deposit energy at the top of atmosphere - which produce showers of addit NASA's Radiation Dosimetry Experiment, or RaD-X, is a high-altitude balloon project with a launch window that opened on September 10. It will provide first-time indications of how cosmic rays deposit energy at the top of atmosphere - which produce sh
"10.09.2015 20:13:08" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The Lifting Body Program Powered Down | NASA APPEL Forty years ago this month, William “Bill” Dana piloted the final rocket-powered flight of the joint NASA-U.S. Air Force lifting body program. NASA pilot Bill Dana flew the final rocket-powered flight of the lifting body program 40 years ago this month, a program that would inform the Space Shuttle's final design.
The X-24B landed for the last time on September 23, 1975 at Rogers Dry Lake
"10.09.2015 14:33:53" Timeline Photos APPEL will host a new Virtual PM Challenge on September 22, 2015, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, entitled Building Your Systems Mentality: Using Systems Engineering & Integration to Solve Project Challenges.
Learn more about the upcoming session and how t
"08.09.2015 19:13:47" Timeline Photos Today is the 49th anniversary of the television debut of 'Star Trek: The Original Series'.
The show's legacy continues to inspire NASA scientists and engineers "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
In this October 1967 image, engineers at N
"08.09.2015 14:10:42" nasa.gov NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Begins Intensive Data Downlink Phase If you liked the first historic images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, you’ll love what’s to come. Ready for a gigabits blitz? On September 5, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft began an intensive data downlink phase.
The entire process is expected to take a full year, revealing the highest-resolution images and datasets of the Pluto system 3 b
"08.09.2015 00:01:31" NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly The source of our Aurora activity today with a little International Space Station thrown into the mix. Nice solar transit shot by NASA's Bill Ingalls. Good night from orbit! #YearInSpace
"04.09.2015 14:03:34" km.nasa.gov My Best Mistake: David Oberhettinger’s “Why I Love Checklists” | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer But the best (that is, most survivable) lessons learned come from serious mistakes made by others. Politicians and physicists may agree. Otto von Bismarck once remarked, “Fools say that they learn by experience, I prefer to profit by others’ experie David Oberhettinger, Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares his account on how having a checklist can avoid catastrophe.
Read the latest article in the "My Best Mistake" series from NASAKnowledge:
"03.09.2015 14:38:08" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: GAO Reviews SLS Estimate Practices | NASA APPEL A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report noted that development of Space Launch System (SLS) cost and schedule estimates largely reflects best practices. The goal of sending humans beyond Low Earth Orbit just got another confidence boost.
By largely complying with best practices, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) remains on track for cost and schedule, according to the latest report from the Governmen
"02.09.2015 15:05:55" appel.nasa.gov Solar Dynamics Observatory Lessons Affirmed | NASA APPEL It is always exciting watching something launch into space. It is even more thrilling when the launch is the culmination of many years of work. Having worked on a large space-science mission at Goddard Space Flight Center, we had the privilege of wor Three years ago this week, the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO) took this image of a massive filament erupting from the surface of the Sun.
Building and testing SDO required a rigorous process that uncovered potential problems that coul
"02.09.2015 00:00:01" youtube.com The Pluto System As Seen By New Horizons Spacecraft The Pluto system as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft saw it in July 2015. This animation, made with real images taken by New Horizons, begins with Pluto flying... What would it look like to zoom past Pluto at 36,000 mph (57,936 km/h)?
Research scientist Stuart Robbins used real images to create a stunning animation of the July 2015 Pluto flyby as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft saw it.
Read Robbins' blog pos
"01.09.2015 15:34:34" nas.nasa.gov NASA's Pleiades Supercomputer Ranks Among World's Most Powerful Systems NASA's foremost supercomputer, Pleiades, ranks 6th in the U.S on the July 2015 TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers, and holds the 11th spot worldwide, as announced Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, To do super science, you need a supercomputer. Meet Pleiades, NASA's supercomputer made up of 211,000 core processors.
Doing everything from analyzing ocean currents to detecting exoplanets, Pleiades has a sustained performance of 4.09 petaflops — t
"31.08.2015 19:40:19" appel.nasa.gov From Sketch Pad to Launchpad | NASA APPEL In the summer of 1980, the Space Shuttle program was in trouble. Technical challenges, especially those with the thermal protection system, were causing the program schedule to slip. Deputy Administrator Alan Lovelace held a meeting to address the pr Here's a look back at what it took to get the Space Shuttle off the ground.
Tom Moser, an engineering manager in charge of the Shuttle's thermal tiles, recalls the decision-making meetings during its development in the 1970s:
"Somebody was in charg
"31.08.2015 13:32:12" appel.nasa.gov Expanding World-Class Engineering to Encompass Environmental Considerations | APPEL – Academy of... At NASA centers across the country, the agency’s technical workforce practices world-class engineering. This includes considering the risks facing a mission, prioritizing them, and conceiving of ways to work around them in order to move the mission f As the global community becomes more and more aware of environmental impacts, what does Green Engineering mean to NASA's missions?
"The kind of engineering NASA does is at a world-class level, and a world-class engineer should automatically include
"31.08.2015 01:04:53" NASA Goddard A Summer of NASA research on sea level rise in Greenland
On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July. The camp, home
"26.08.2015 17:46:08" NASA Langley Research Center The Cessna 172 we are crash testing today to assess the performance of emergency locator transmitters is out of the shop. It has been moved to under the gantry. You can watch live the crash test this afternoon on NASA TV starting at about 1 pm or on What goes up must come down -- at high speeds so engineers can gather data and make improvements.
Watch live footage of today's Cessna 172 crash test out of NASA Langley Research Center: http://go.nasa.gov/1HZtuVL
"25.08.2015 16:32:06" nasa.gov Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres The closest-yet views of Ceres, delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the small world's features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres' tall, conical mountain; crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures. NASA Dawn Mission continues to impress. A new series of images shows shiny streaks on dwarf planet Ceres.
Using its framing camera to map the surface of Ceres, the spacecraft will scan the entire dwarf planet six times, sending the data back to Ear
"22.08.2015 12:30:02" appel.nasa.gov From Shuttle to SLS, the RS-25 Maintains A Tradition of Success | NASA APPEL NASA took a step farther along the journey to Mars with a successful hot-fire test of the RS-25 engine that will form part of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS). The A-1 test stand (seen below) at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center has a rich history in sending humans to orbit and beyond. During the Apollo program, upper stages of the mighty Saturn V rocket were tested here. It was later converted for RS-25
"21.08.2015 14:13:11" appel.nasa.gov The Path to Scientific Discoveries: Designing the Cassini Solstice Mission Trajectory | NASA APPEL Cassini-Huygens, a joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency, has roamed the Saturnian system for the better part of six and a half years. This week at Saturn, NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn performed its final targeted flyby of the ringed planet's moon Dione.
How did mission teams design the complicated trajectories that would result in groundbreaking science and discovery?
"19.08.2015 19:25:56" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Winglets Helped Save an Industry | NASA APPEL Following the Arab oil embargo of 1973, American aviation faced nearly industry-crushing increases in the cost of fuel. In an attempt to make flight operations more efficient, NASA formed the Aircraft Energy Efficiency (ACEE) program. One aspect of t How do airplane winglets reduce fuel consumption and make flying more efficient?
On this #NationalAviationDay, learn about how this small modification led to big savings in aviation.
Spread your wings: http://go.nasa.gov/1yWaYHi
"19.08.2015 00:00:00" appel.nasa.gov Reflections of a Deputy | NASA APPEL When Craig Tooley, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) project manager, offered me a job as his deputy, I reacted as I had to all decisions that have a great impact on my life: I slept on it and looked at it in the cold, cruel light of dawn. Cathy Peddie, an engineer who worked on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), reflects on the importance of using differences and establishing roles and responsibilities as a deputy project manager.
"My general approach to each deputy position is
"17.08.2015 20:05:48" appel.nasa.gov At APPEL, Expanded Supplemental Resources Increase Learning Opportunities | APPEL – Academy of... The Academy recently introduced new resources to help practitioners maximize their learning opportunities before and after attending APPEL courses. APPEL recognizes that learning doesn't start and stop in the classroom. That's why we have expanded the Supplemental Resources section for each course in the APPEL Catalog.
NASA practitioners can now reinforce what they learned and access these mat
"15.08.2015 15:52:06" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: A Quest Commenced for Life on Mars | NASA APPEL Forty years ago this month, Viking 1 left Earth on a technologically and scientifically challenging mission designed to answer the question: Are we alone in the universe? This month in 1975, Viking 1 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a quest to detect evidence of life on Mars. Ten months later, it would become the first American probe to touch down on the Martian surface.
Viking 1 and 2, both landers, presen
"13.08.2015 18:28:58" blogs.nasa.gov RS-25 Engines: Meeting the Need for Speed | Rocketology: NASA’s Space Launch System RS-25 Engines: Meeting the Need for Speed Posted on August 13, 2015 at 9:44 am by dhitt. Guest blogger Martin Burkey, the SLS strategic communications team’s resident expert on all things engines, returns this week as we prepare for this afternoon’s Everything is in place for today's 535-second-long test of the RS-25 engine that will help send humans into deep space.
Learn why the upgraded RS-25 makes today's race cars look like toys: http://go.nasa.gov/1L8CmuT
"11.08.2015 13:53:04" km.nasa.gov My Best Mistake: James Fanson’s "Throw a Drowning Man a Life Ring" | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer This mission was ultimately a success, but—like any mission—it had its share of problems along the way. Some of them were cliffhangers that took a good bit of ingenuity and determination to solve. The urge to resist outside help can throw a wrench in a project's progress.
James Fanson, project manager for GALEX, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, learned this the hard way.
In this edition of "My Best Mistake", Fanson shares his lessons learned:
"10.08.2015 13:21:07" Red romaine lettuce grown in microgravity is on the menu today for NASA astronauts living on the Space Station.
Today on NASA TV, watch astronauts take a bite of the first crop grown and harvested in space using the Veggie plant growth system. Futu
"06.08.2015 15:30:01" appel.nasa.gov Accelerating Innovation Across Diverse Interests | NASA APPEL Renowned as a unique research platform for issues affecting human spaceflight, the applications of the International Space Station (ISS) continue to expand. The International Space Station (ISS) is more than an orbiting scientific laboratory. "It serves as a stepping-off point for humanity’s journey into the solar system," says Mary Lynne Dittmar, a member of the National Research Council Human Spaceflig
"06.08.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov The Sky Crane Solution | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership For all these missions, entering and descending through the Martian atmosphere and putting an undamaged lander on the surface (the mission phase known as EDL, for entry, descent, and landing) has been technically demanding. "Touchdown confirmed. We're safe on Mars!"
Tonight marks the 3rd anniversary of NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover landing on the surface of Mars.
Landing a rover the size of a car was no easy task. How did learning from past Mars missions lead to the Sk
"05.08.2015 14:55:21" flickr.com From a Million Miles Away, NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth This animation shows images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DISCOVR spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera and telescope, and the Earth - one million miles away. Credits: NASA/NOAA The far side of the Moon gets its closeup in this series of images taken by NASA Goddard's Deep Space Climate Observatory (#DSCOVR) satellite.
Click here to see the animation: http://go.nasa.gov/1OQpyXZ
"03.08.2015 15:35:37" appel.nasa.gov Digging Deeper to Uncover Another Earth | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... Faced with potentially mission-ending challenges, the Kepler team altered its approach and is now more efficient than ever at identifying Earth-like exoplanets. A new and improved data-collecting technique has helped NASA's Kepler Mission uncover the most Earth-like exoplanet to date, Kepler-452b.
Despite challenges early on that nearly crippled the mission, new software is allowing scientists to analyze
"02.08.2015 16:16:28" NASA's Johnson Space Center She has spent 322 days in space. With 7 spacewalks, she has set the world record for spacewalks by a female. She has over 3,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft, and she completed the first triathalon in space.
Watch and meet Astronaut Su
"30.07.2015 13:24:42" appel.nasa.gov Message from the Academy Director: Universal Principles of Effective Partnerships | APPEL –... Tolstoy wrote: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same holds true for partnerships on NASA missions. At their core, partnerships are about people working toward a common goal. From contractual agreements to the International Space Station, partnerships help NASA move forward.
Revisit these universal principles of effective partnerships: http://go.n
"29.07.2015 16:43:03" nasa.gov Africa and Europe from a Million Miles Away Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. Last week we shared an image of North and South America from a million miles away. Today, we share with you this stunning image of Africa, Europe and Asia taken July 6 from NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.
See the full reso
"29.07.2015 00:00:00" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: Maximizing the Value of the ISS National Laboratory | NASA APPEL The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique platform for discovery. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) focuses on maximizing its value and utility. Did you know that 50% of the U.S. section of the International Space Station (ISS) is available for use by non-NASA organizations, including private industry and academia?
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report made recommendations o
"28.07.2015 14:11:28" youtube.com Ceres Topographic Globe Animation This animation shows a color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission revealing the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. The color sc... Pluto may be on our minds, and perhaps in our hearts, but NASA's Dawn Mission is entering its third mapping orbit of another dwarf planet: Ceres.
A new animation showcases diverse topography on this largest body in the asteroid belt.
More on the
"24.07.2015 18:47:03" youtube.com Flying over Pluto’s icy plains and Hillary Mountains This simulated flyover of two regions on Pluto, northwestern Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) and Hillary Montes (Hillary Mountains), was created from New Hori... JUST RELEASED: Take a breathtaking trip over Pluto’s icy plains and mountains in this animation created using images acquired from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera.
"24.07.2015 16:52:20" appel.nasa.gov New Horizons Makes History—and Possibly Rewrites It | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... With its historic Pluto flyby, the New Horizons mission ushers in a new era of solar system exploration that may have implications for worlds closer to home. Before you tune into today's 2 pm ET press briefing revealing new images and discoveries, read how NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto is not only making history—it's rewriting it.
Check it out, then tune into NASA TV at 2pm ET for the latest updat
"23.07.2015 14:21:02" appel.nasa.gov A Case for Case Study-Based Learning | NASA APPEL At a recent knowledge management conference, APPEL instructor Anthony Luscher discussed the value of case study-based learning for engineering design. APPEL News sat down with knowledge management expert
Anthony Luscher to learn more about his perspective on the role of case study-based learning at NASA—and the differences between teaching undergraduate engineers versus experienced NASA practition
"22.07.2015 18:53:34" nasa.gov International Space Station | Expedition 44 Launch Get the latest news, images, videos and more from humanity's home in orbit -- the International Space Station. Two-and-a-half years of training culminates today at 5:02 pm ET with the launch of three new International Space Station crewmembers.
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren (left), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Ag
"20.07.2015 15:47:25" nasa.gov NASA Captures "EPIC" Earth Image A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away. NASA has released an "EPIC" new image of Earth from one million miles away.
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is a partnership between NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Air Force, and will focus on
"17.07.2015 16:57:59" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Don’t miss our briefing today at 1 p.m. EDT where we’ll release NEW images from the New Horizons #PlutoFlyby! Have questions? Use #askNASA: http://go.nasa.gov/1LqBIao
"17.07.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The Apollo 11 Eagle Landed | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... The crew of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the moon, expected a hostile lunar environment. Instead, they stepped out into a surprisingly inviting world. "Magnificent desolation." Those were the words Neil Armstrong used to describe the lunar surface after he and the crew of Apollo 11 made NASA History this month in 1969.
The first crew to land on the Moon expected a hostile environment, but what th
"16.07.2015 18:02:04" appel.nasa.gov Apollo Technology: Back to the Future | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership In April 2007, a team of awestruck technicians discovered that the apparently lifeless artifacts on display from a long-vanished era of space exploration were not quite so dead after all. They carefully removed access panels on an old spaceship, reve Forty years after the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the Apollo program still has lessons to teach as NASA gears up to send humans to deep space.
"15.07.2015 19:33:24" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Zoom into Pluto & discover mountains, seen during yesterday's New Horizons mission #PlutoFlyby: http://go.nasa.gov/1CExavV
"15.07.2015 16:08:53" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration In case you missed it, our New Horizons spacecraft "phoned home" around 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, indicating that it had successfully completed its historic flyby of Pluto earlier in the day. Today, more #PlutoFlyby images of surface close-ups whave ten ti
"15.07.2015 15:48:33" appel.nasa.gov New Horizons Returns Safely from Safe Mode | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... Ten days before its groundbreaking Pluto flyby, something went wrong on the New Horizons spacecraft. But it will take more than an anomaly to derail this mission. Ten days before its groundbreaking Pluto flyby, something went wrong on the New Horizons spacecraft. But it will take more than an anomaly to derail this mission.
Learn more: http://appel.nasa.gov/2015/07/14/new-horizons-returns-safely-from-safe-mod
"14.07.2015 13:54:34" nasa.gov Recent Measurements of Pluto and Charon Obtained by New Horizons A view of Pluto and Charon as they would appear if placed slightly above Earth's surface and viewed from a great distance. The graphic below shows how Pluto and Charon would appear if placed slightly above Earth. Tiny!
Today, July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made a historic flyby of the dwarf planet -- nine years after launch. But long before closest approa
"13.07.2015 19:00:00" Cover Photos Taken on July 13, 2015 by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), this image prominently features Pluto's "heart" feature, which is approximately 1,000 miles wide. Color was added from a separate image taken on the same day by the
"13.07.2015 19:00:00" Taken on July 13, 2015 by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), this image prominently features Pluto's "heart" feature, which is approximately 1,000 miles wide. Color was added from a separate image taken on the same day by the
"13.07.2015 13:23:25" nasa.gov The Women who Power NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto The dozens of women who are powering New Horizons to a history-making July 14 flyby of Pluto look forward to the day when the conversation about gender becomes irrelevant. Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team.
“Girls will be inspired to be scientists and boys will grow up to be ‘gender blind,’ seeing women in science as the norm," says mission design leader Yanping Guo.
Learn more about the women
"08.07.2015 13:28:34" appel.nasa.gov New Horizons Counts Down to Pluto | NASA APPEL Nearing its closest approach to Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is returning novel observations about the mysterious third zone of the solar system. One spacecraft. One flyby. Endless intrigue.
NASA's New Horizons mission operations team is counting down until closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015. Each day brings groundbreaking observations of the dwarf planet system.
Read what the New H
"02.07.2015 19:14:58" youtube.com Masters with Masters 25 (Charles Bolden and General Walter Natynczyk) NASA Administrator Bolden and then-President of the Canadian Space Agency Natynczyk sat down with NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Hoffman for a special Maste... NASA chief Charlie Bolden and former Canadian Space Agency president Walter Natynczyk agree: strong relationships make for a strong future in space.
NASA's Chief Knowledge Officer, Dr. Ed Hoffman, sat down with Bolden and Natynczyk for a special Mas
"26.06.2015 15:03:46" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Gemini IV Took Critical Steps in Space | NASA APPEL Fifty years ago this month, the Gemini IV mission set out to answer a critical question: can human physiology withstand the rigors of long-duration spaceflight? Gemini IV confirmed the human body's ability to withstand long-duration spaceflight. Ed White and Jim McDivitt laid the groundwork for future crew to visit the Moon -- and beyond.
Read about the historic mission and see how astronaut NASA Astronaut
"24.06.2015 17:48:51" youtube.com Flutter at a Glance A short film showing the effects - and possible dangers - of flutter. While the flutter of a butterfly's wings may evoke feelings of comfort, the flutter of an airplane's wings may evoke feelings of nausea.
This short vintage film highlights years of aeronautics research at NASA Langley Research Center that have help
"22.06.2015 13:18:23" appel.nasa.gov Learning to Drive the Mars Rovers | NASA APPEL By Brian Cooper Learning to drive a Mars rover is no easy task. It’s not a process you can just read up on and do right the first time. For one thing, there is the time lag to contend with. It takes ten minutes or more for a radio signal to travel be Driving the Mars Exploration Rovers is no easy task. Having good hand-eye coordination is important, but it can even depend on the types of video games a candidate plays.
In this archival piece, we explore what it takes to explore the surface of Mar
"18.06.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov LDSD Test Advances Understanding for Future Mars Landings | NASA APPEL On the journey to Mars, small steps can be as valuable as giant leaps forward. The recent Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test is a prime example. With an atmosphere only one percent that of Earth's, landing a large spacecraft on Mars requires new deceleration technology. That's why NASA recently tested the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), a large balloon-like vessel designed to gener
"16.06.2015 14:03:53" appel.nasa.gov Young Professionals Brief: The Next Generation on Knowledge | NASA APPEL Young professionals at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) shared how they seek out and share knowledge at NASA—and it doesn’t involve tweeting or texting. How do young professionals at NASA seek out and share information? For many, the first stop is Google, but listening to others remains an invaluable resource.
“It’s amazing how much you can learn from people if you can just talk to them and listen t
"12.06.2015 00:07:25" appel.nasa.gov Hubble Helps New Horizons Fly Safely By Pluto | NASA APPEL Findings from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal a chaotic environment around Pluto that could endanger the upcoming New Horizons flyby. As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft gets ready to encounter Pluto next month, the mission's team are examining the dwarf planet's unpredictable environment. Could unknown debris pose a threat to the mission? That's where the Hubble Space Telescope come
"09.06.2015 12:44:10" appel.nasa.gov Apollo: A Young Engineer’s Perspective | NASA APPEL My first job was on the Apollo program. When I left Ohio State University with a graduate degree in electrical engineering, I went to work for AC Electronics in Milwaukee, Wis., then a division of General Motors. This division was the prime contracto "Working on Apollo was one of the most exciting times of my life," said Dan Holtshouse, a former NASA engineer whose first job was with Apollo program.
In this archival piece, Holtshouse reflects on his experience with working on the guidance and na
"08.06.2015 17:35:49" nasa.gov NASA Television | NASA NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report. Live coverage of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) flight test launch, a test that will demonstrate a new way to send large, heavy payloads to the surface of Mars.
Read more and tune in: http://go.nasa.gov/1IyDBSY
"05.06.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov NASA Asteroid Hunter Protects Earth, Advances ARM | NASA APPEL In 2013, NASA repurposed a non-operational spacecraft as an asteroid hunter. That mission now helps protect Earth—while contributing to the journey toward Mars. A revived asteroid-hunting spacecraft may help NASA protect Earth as well as identify potential targets for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
Since December 2013, the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has bee
"04.06.2015 00:01:00" appel.nasa.gov Important Step Forward in the Search for Life on Europa | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... State-of-the-art science instruments have been selected to help the Europa mission answer the big question: Are we alone in the universe? Are we alone in the universe? NASA just took a crucial step forward in determining the answer. A suite of state-of-the-art science instruments will help determine whether Jupiter's moon Europa could harbor life beneath its vast subsurface ocean.
"03.06.2015 14:24:33" nasa.gov #SuitUp with NASA for the Journey to Mars NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. The first American spacewalk took place 50 years ago today, June 3, 1965, when astronaut Ed White ventured outside of the Gemini IV spacecraft and floated over a brilliant blue Earth for 20 minutes. The feat ushered in a new era of exploration for NA
"02.06.2015 15:11:00" appel.nasa.gov Viewpoint: Attracting Tomorrow’s Engineers | NASA APPEL Dreams of flight have captured the human imagination for centuries. Children worldwide imagine dancing among the stars and soaring into the blue. Will their visions become reality? The dream of flight has motivated generations to experiment with the One of the biggest challenges an educator can face is keeping students interested even when math and science seem daunting.
What approaches can we practice to retain young people and how can we attract tomorrow's engineers? Amir S. Gohardani and Omi
"30.05.2015 14:42:49" appel.nasa.gov Working with a Team of Zealots and Skeptics | NASA APPEL The Phoenix Mars mission was born of failure. Like the mythical Phoenix bird that rose from the ashes of the previous generation’s Phoenix, the mission was born out of the “remains” of earlier attempts. In this archival piece, project manager Barry Goldstein illustrates how a team of zealots and skeptics helped successfully land the Phoenix Lander on the surface of Mars on May 25, 2008.
"Whatever conflict we had was creative conflict, because peopl
"29.05.2015 14:01:20" appel.nasa.gov Agency Pinpoints Technologies Needed for Mission Success | NASA APPEL NASA recently released the draft 2015 Space Technology Roadmaps, which identify promising new technologies that could advance agency missions. NASA recently identified 15 promising new technologies that could help advance agency missions. The 2015 Technology Roadmaps establish a link between development and specific agency goals in areas like robotics, launch propulsion systems, and nanotec
"28.05.2015 18:03:01" appel.nasa.gov NASA Highlights Approach for Getting Humans to Mars | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... At a recent summit meeting, Charles Bolden discussed NASA’s plan to reach Mars. “This plan is clear. This plan is affordable. And this plan is sustainable,” he said. Work is well underway to get humans to Mars, says NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.
Progress is being made on four of the six critical elements: the Space Launch System, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, a deep space habitat, and solar-electri
"25.05.2015 13:31:17" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The First American Soared through Space | NASA APPEL On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American astronaut in space when he left Cape Canaveral in the Freedom 7 capsule to soar more than 116 miles above Earth. Shepard wasn’t the first person in space; cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had orbited the p This month in NASA History, Alan Shepard became the first American astronaut in space when his Freedom 7 capsule successfully left Earth's atmosphere for 15 minutes. The 1961 mission confirmed that weightlessness did not interfere with astronaut func
"21.05.2015 12:59:24" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: NASA Maintains Positive Trend for Large-Scale Projects | NASA APPEL A recent GAO report confirmed that cost and schedule growth among NASA’s major acquisition projects remains low compared with previous years. A recent government report confirmed that cost and schedule growth for NASA's large-scale projects have improved over the years.
The report also found that the agency continues to make progress on meeting best practices standards, significantly imp
"20.05.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov Responsibility, Not Blame | NASA APPEL Why take responsibility for a major foul-up on a project outside your area of expertise that started before you were on the scene? Here’s one story that may answer that question. December 9, 1982: former NASA Ames Research Center Deputy Director Gus Guastaferro is faced with a crisis when the 40' x 80' subsonic wind tunnel malfunctions during a test. New to Ames, it was tempting to find somebody else to blame, but accepting r
"19.05.2015 00:00:01" appel.nasa.gov The Value of Mistakes | NASA APPEL NASA’s Chief Knowledge Officer recently hosted a gathering of knowledge management experts from across the agency and private industry. The three days of Knowledge 2020 2.0 served as a forum for benchmarking, a resource for problem solving, and a fou Some of the greatest engineering innovations started out with one thing in common: a mistake.
NASA’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Dr. Ed Hoffman, recently hosted a gathering of knowledge management experts from across the agency and private industry to
"13.05.2015 14:00:12" appel.nasa.gov New Horizons Prepares to Reveal a New World | NASA APPEL After traveling more than 3 billion miles through space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is the first mission to explore the farthest reaches of the solar system. Nine years after launch and 3 billion miles later, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft prepares to reveal a whole new world. In mid-July, the piano-sized spacecraft will become the first to study icy Pluto.
“Fundamentally, we’re going to Pluto because it
"30.04.2015 00:00:03" appel.nasa.gov MESSENGER Mission Ends But Its Value Lives On | NASA APPEL NASA’s Mercury orbiter is completely out of fuel. But that hasn’t stopped it from returning groundbreaking data about the innermost planet. On April 6, 2015, NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistery, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission ran out of fuel. On April 30, the plucky probe will crash into Mercury, leaving yet another crater on the innermost planet's rocky surface.
"29.04.2015 19:46:02" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary
"29.04.2015 19:46:02" NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary
"29.04.2015 14:16:02" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: NASA Took Over the Valkyrie Program | NASA APPEL On April 25, 1967, the XB-70—a high-altitude supersonic long-range bomber—flew under the NASA banner for the first time. Originally designed to replace the B-52, the high-altitude supersonic Valkyrie XB-70 flew as a NASA aircraft for the first time this month in 1967.
U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph Cotton and NASA test pilot Fitzhugh Fulton first piloted the XB-70 in
"21.04.2015 13:09:30" appel.nasa.gov Succeeding at NASA: From Concept to Reality | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... James Van Laak, former Operations Manager for the International Space Station (ISS), shared hard-earned wisdom with APPEL’s Foundations of Aerospace course participants. “When you listen to people, when you give them the opportunity to truly explain why they did what they did and how they got where they were, you gain powerful insights and you learn how to connect with people better.”
During a NASA APPEL "Foundatio
"20.04.2015 18:47:39" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo This Earth Day, Show NASA How There's #NoPlaceLikeHome
Our question to you is a simple one: What is your favorite place on Earth?
Wednesday, April 22, share with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favorite place, whether it's a
"20.04.2015 18:47:39" This Earth Day, Show NASA How There’s #NoPlaceLikeHome
Our question to you is a simple one: What is your favorite place on Earth?
Wednesday, April 22, share with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favorite place, whether it’s a
"16.04.2015 15:54:55" appel.nasa.gov Two Men. One Year. The Future of Human Spaceflight. | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... On March 27, 2015, two spaceflight veterans blasted off for a year in low Earth orbit (LEO) that will ultimately help humans travel to Mars. More than 400 experiments are planned for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko's 12-month stay aboard the International Space Station.
The duo launched on March 27, 2015 to begin a yearlong study of the human body in m
"10.04.2015 13:34:30" appel.nasa.gov Asteroid Redirect Mission Charts a Path Leading Toward Mars | NASA APPEL NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) recently identified a boulder as the ideal stepping stone in the journey to Mars. NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) charts a path toward Mars.
Robert Lightfoot, NASA's Associate Administrator, says, "ARM is an important part of the overall mission of taking humans farther into space."
The mission, expected to launch in 2020
"07.04.2015 14:15:08" appel.nasa.gov The Power of Story | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership When he wrote these words, Antonio Porchia, an Argentinean printing press owner in the 1930s, wasn’t thinking about project management. But he articulated a major knowledge-sharing issue that is the source of many project problems: how to communicate Why are stories such a powerful knowledge-transfer tool?
A good story can communicate essential knowledge so that it is not only understood, but embraced. Revisit our piece on the power of storytelling in project management:
"04.04.2015 13:16:30" appel.nasa.gov Human Risk Evaluation Supports Deep Space Exploration | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... In preparation for missions beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), NASA has enlisted the Institute of Medicine to examine reports of human spaceflight risks. As NASA continues along the #JourneytoMars, gaining a better understanding of the human risks of deep space exploration is critical.
NASA has requested the support of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to review more than 30 evidenc
"03.04.2015 15:54:19" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo Human Systems International (HSI), a division of the Project Management Institute (PMI), recently recognized NASA's Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) as the “best academy in the world” in the provision, development, and
"03.04.2015 15:54:19" Human Systems International (HSI), a division of the Project Management Institute (PMI), recently recognized NASA’s Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) as the “best academy in the world” in the provision, development, and im
"02.04.2015 12:00:01" appel.nasa.gov APPEL Named Best Academy in the World by the Project Management Institute | APPEL – Academy of... NASA’s Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) was recognized as the global leader in project management training. Human Systems International (HSI), a division of the Project Management Institute (PMI), recently recognized NASA’s Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) as the “best academy in the world” in the provision, development, and im
"01.04.2015 15:25:19" appel.nasa.gov Does a Good Engineer Make a Good Project Manager? | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... Many at NASA believe the myth that good engineers make good project managers. My twenty-eight years of experience in engineering and management have taught me that engineers are often poorly equipped to manage projects, but it isn’t always their faul Does a good engineer make a good project manager?
Transitioning from engineer to manager can be a difficult, but it doesn't have to be a sole endeavor. Finding a mentor and training can lead to success.
Read about George N. Andrew's experience: htt
"30.03.2015 17:00:09" Project Management Institute NASA’s Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) earned the highest scores ever recorded in an academy assessment from leading global benchmarking firm Human Systems International (HSI). http://ow.ly/KTKsN
"30.03.2015 14:12:01" appel.nasa.gov Things I Learned on My Way to Mars | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership When I was five, in 1961, one of my favorite books was called You Will Go to the Moon. It tells of a young boy who accompanies a team of astronauts on a lunar voyage. (How he gets to do this is never explained.) After landing at a lunar base, they pu Passion: Don’t leave home without it.
That's just one of several bits of advice that science journalist Andrew Chaikin received during interviews with Mars exploration scientists and project managers.
Read more on what Chaikin learned "on the way
"27.03.2015 14:35:13" appel.nasa.gov A View from Outside Confirms an Ocean Inside Long relied on to provide an unobstructed view of the universe, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) recently turned its gaze inward—with ground-breaking results. When Hubble Space Telescope looked at Jupiter's moon Ganymede, it discovered an ocean of information.
By studying the moon's auroral oscillations, influenced by Jupiter's massive magnetic field, scientists observed that the degree of oscillations co
"25.03.2015 21:33:04" appel.nasa.gov Putting The Fundamentals of Project Management into Practice | APPEL – Academy of... The people who manage NASA’s missions rely on project management techniques to do their jobs. Now an APPEL course brings those skills to a whole new NASA audience. Since APPEL's inception, the Academy has been offering courses to project managers (PM) who work directly on NASA missions.
Now, project managers in non-technical positions can benefit from a new, highly-interactive agency-wide course that helps man
"25.03.2015 15:02:36" appel.nasa.gov In Their Own Words: Preserving International Space Station Knowledge | APPEL – Academy of... As a new International Space Station (ISS) engineering manager in 1986, I quickly learned that having the right mix of people was the key to my team’s success and that sustaining success depended on an environment that encouraged people to pass on ex Starting in 1997, International Space Station (ISS) experts began developing Design Knowledge Capture initiatives that would gather stories from ISS engineers on why their designs worked.
Former ISS engineering manager Tim Howell and his colleague,
"23.03.2015 13:09:32" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The NACA Took Flight | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... One hundred years ago this month, NASA’s predecessor—the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA)—was established. With a budget of just $5,000, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) on March 3, 1915 — 100 years ago. Within a decade, the 12-member committee helped make the United States the world leader in aero
"20.03.2015 13:33:30" appel.nasa.gov Successful SLS Test Boosts Potential for Manned Deep Space Travel | APPEL – Academy of... As NASA celebrates the centenary of its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the agency marks a major milestone along the journey to Mars. Just 100 years after the establishment of NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), the agency has marked a major milestone on the #JourneyToMars
The Qualification Motor-1 (QM-1) test occurred on March 11, 2015 in Pr
"19.03.2015 18:53:28" appel.nasa.gov A New Course Prepares Technical Professionals for Critical Communications | APPEL – Academy of... At NASA, presentations are often the means for communicating critical information. A new APPEL course shows people how to maximize the impact of their presentations. NASA employees may sit through many hours of presentations throughout their careers. People in technical positions are often expected to present some aspect of their projects, but the content may not always be delivered effectively. A new APPEL pilot
"18.03.2015 20:59:28" appel.nasa.gov Human Spaceflight and Science | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Intentionally igniting a fire inside the Space Shuttle might seem like a bad idea, but done safely and correctly, it could answer all sorts of seemingly simple questions, such as, “Would a candle burn in zero gravity?” Several university doctoral pro Space teaches us to think differently. Scientific curiosity, no matter how trivial it may seem at the beginning, can manifest itself in unexpected ways.
In this archival story, Dr. Howard Ross, Associate Director for Strategy at NASA's Glenn Researc
"18.03.2015 13:55:42" appel.nasa.gov APPEL FY 2014 Annual Report Released | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership World-class training. Hands-on development. Enhanced stakeholder engagement. Find out about the Academy’s accomplishments in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Annual Report. World-class training. Hands-on development.
Read our Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Annual Report to find out why Human Services Institute (HSI), a subsidiary of Project Management Institute (PMI), named us the best project management academy in the world.
"17.03.2015 19:25:20" appel.nasa.gov Getting Cozy with Our Closest Star | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership We inhabitants of Earth have an intimate and complex relationship with the sun. As we learn more about the underlying physics driving the magnetic ball of plasma that is essential for our very existence, the complexity of that relationship becomes in For Saint Patrick's Day, here is the Sun as seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted by atomic iron at 2 million degrees Fahrenheit. The photo was captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, a joint NASA and ESA - European
"17.03.2015 13:29:30" appel.nasa.gov The YF-12 Blackbird This month marks 34 years since the close of NASA’s YF-12 Blackbird research program, which yielded a wealth of knowledge about supersonic flight. This month in NASA History marks 32 years since the close of NASA's YF-12 Blackbird supersonic research program.
A precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird, the YF-12 set speed records of over 2,000 mph and altitude records of over 80,000 ft. Fitzhugh Fult
"16.03.2015 14:18:16" appel.nasa.gov Managing the Bad Day | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership It’s 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2009. My cell phone rings. As the project manager for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), I was used to sleeping with the phone near my bed ever since launch. From the Archives: Daniel Andrews, project manager for NASA's LCROSS Lunar Impactor Mission, has tips on managing a bad day.
"The bad day is a time when a mission team shows what it is really made of."
Read Andrews' lessons learned: http://go.nasa
"14.03.2015 15:06:07" appel.nasa.gov Building the Future Spacesuit | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership For the past dozen years, I have been working with colleagues and students here at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and with collaborators in various disciplines from around the world to develop a new kind of spacesuit. For Women's History Month, we revisit an article by Dava Newman, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Newman was recently nominated by President Obama to be NASA's deput
"13.03.2015 00:48:48" appel.nasa.gov Answering the Call: Communicating with Soyuz | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... A blind engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, had the vision for a solution to a problem that ultimately required him to fly to Europe to obtain potentially important data on the flight of a Soyuz capsule returning two Inter Marco Midon, a blind engineer from NASA Goddard, devised a telemetry system in 2008 to track Soyuz capsules during deorbit burn and atmospheric reentry.
Systems like these provide crucial data to ground communications and were helpful in calming ne
"11.03.2015 17:57:39" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Learning from WIRE | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... As the fifth mission of the NASA’s Small Explorer Program, the WIRE spacecraft was designed to study the formation and evolution of galaxies using temperature-sensitive infrared detectors. In order to shield WIRE’s detectors from excess heat, the spa Sixteen years ago this month, the Wide-field Infrared Explorer's (WIRE) primary mission came to an abrupt end when one of its covers ejected too soon after launch.
“We spent three years ensuring that cover would come off, and probably only a handfu
"11.03.2015 00:14:15" appel.nasa.gov A View from Space Expands Understanding of Earth | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... To help scientists better understand and address planetary climate change, NASA’s Earth-observing fleet has grown by 25% in the past year. Within the span of a year, from 2014-2015, NASA successfully launched a record-setting fleet of five Earth-observing satellites. Together, the missions will allow scientists to study and monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, aerosols, and global preci
"10.03.2015 18:09:26" appel.nasa.gov Fluids Management for Affordable Spaceflight | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... There is more to a ballistic rocket than hardware and software. Think about all the fluids required to power its systems. There’s a lot more than “rocket fuel” involved, especially as these systems grow increasingly complex to meet the innovative dem The world's largest solid rocket booster (SRB) is ready for a hot-fire test tomorrow, March 11, in Promontory, Utah.
Orbital ATK will test-fire the five-segment SRB which will eventually help take NASA's Space Launch System deep into the Solar Syst
"10.03.2015 01:27:04" km.nasa.gov Spock’s Brain | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer The original Star Trek episode “Spock’s Brain” is not as well-ranked or well-starred as the fuzzball populated “Trouble with Tribbles.” What does the 'Star Trek' episode titled "Spock's Brain" have to do with the official NASA Knowledge Policy?
More than you think. Check it out: http://km.nasa.gov/spocks-brain/
"09.03.2015 13:24:43" km.nasa.gov My Best Mistake: John Mather’s “Recognizing My Limits” | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer When I was a grad student at Berkeley, we were preparing to launch a balloon payload, which was to be my thesis project. We wanted to measure the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the remnant of the Big Bang. Out there on the lau "I think you should behave as though there’s no chance of success if there’s no test," says John Mather, Senior Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard.
In this latest installation of "My Best Mistake" from the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer, Mather
"05.03.2015 20:39:52" Thank you to all APPEL course participants and APPEL POCs for attending and responding to our satisfaction surveys. Great feedback, keep it coming!
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"05.03.2015 16:44:20" km.nasa.gov Known Things with Feathers for Flight | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer As school children, one of our earliest lessons in astronomy is this: all of the planets in our solar system—with the notable exception of the Earth—bear the names of Roman gods. Apollo, Saturn, Mercury—all NASA space programs named after Roman deities.
Can the field of Knowledge Management follow the same practice? Perhaps Norse mythological names would suit the two types of knowledge, tacit and explicit.
Find out why: h
"03.03.2015 19:16:22" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Administrator Bolden: "We continue to see…NACA's influence in many areas of our work" today.
Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1zF2z92
"02.03.2015 14:55:06" appel.nasa.gov Reducing Natural-Language Ambiguities in Requirements Engineering | APPEL – Academy of... Interdisciplinary and inter-organizational project collaboration is a challenge. One of the most essential tasks in big and heterogeneous projects is requirements engineering, which, done properly, helps master complexity and reduce misunderstanding. Have you ever worked on a project where language ambiguity and vagueness have caused confusion?
Inter-organizational collaboration requires different departments to use a common language in order to work efficiently and overcome barriers.
"02.03.2015 01:00:00" appel.nasa.gov APPEL CASE STUDY: Space-to-Space Communications System The SSCS is a two-way data communication system designed to provide voice and telemetry among the Space Shuttle orbiter, the International Space Station, and the Extra Vehicular Activity Mobility Unit (EMU). An EMU is a space suit worn by an astronau APPEL CASE STUDY: When Matt Lemke assumed the role of project manager for NASA's Space-to-Space Communications System (SSCS), he was expecting a fully-developed team to present him with engineering drawings.
Instead, he had acquired a team without
"27.02.2015 14:20:40" km.nasa.gov CKO Corner: NSC’s Mike Lipka | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Mike Lipka is responsible for the design and implementation of the knowledge management program for the NASA Safety Center (NSC) and the safety and mission assurance (SMA) community. His core work focuses on addressing knowledge strategy and needs as "Sometimes a person can be so close to their own program or project and think, 'Well, everybody knows that,' when in fact everyone may not."
That's what Mike Lipka of NASA's Safety Center (NSC) thinks is one of the biggest misunderstandings people h
"27.02.2015 01:22:56" NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)'s cover photo Affordability, flexibility, and expansion into deep space: NASA's Commercial Crew Program is poised to support the agency in multiple ways.
"27.02.2015 01:22:56" Affordability, flexibility, and expansion into deep space: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to support the agency in multiple ways.
Learn more: http://appel.nasa.gov/2015/02/13/examining-the-benefits-of-commercial-crew-transport-in-low-earth
"27.02.2015 00:45:09" t.co Interview with Lynn Cline | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership During her thirty-six-year career at NASA, Lynn Cline led U.S. delegations to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and served as NASA’s lead negotiator of the agreement that resulted in Russia becoming a partner in the Int After Lynn Cline retired from NASA in 2011, the international space operations expert sat down to chat with APPEL.
Throughout her 36-year career, Cline led U.S. delegations on the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Servin
"26.02.2015 15:45:58" appel.nasa.gov From the NASA CKO: Our Knowledge Legacy | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... This spring, I had the opportunity to step back into that childhood world of possibilities when I returned to my elementary school in Brooklyn. Going back to P.S. 199 (Frederick Wachtel school) after forty years was a profoundly moving experience. I’ In 2013, after 40 years, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Hoffman revisited his Brooklyn, NY, elementary school, P.S. 199 (Frederick Wachtel School).
Dr. Hoffman was given the opportunity to talk with students about chasing their dreams — and then it
"25.02.2015 21:08:29" Timeline Photos APPEL has been recognized as the best project management academy in the world in a global benchmarking study conducted by Humans Systems International (HSI), a subsidiary of the Project Management Institute.
This is the third time in a row that APPEL has
"25.02.2015 21:08:29" APPEL has been recognized as the best project management academy in the world in a global benchmarking study conducted by Humans Systems International (HSI), a subsidiary of the Project Management Institute.
This is the third time in a row that APPE
"25.02.2015 15:55:33" appel.nasa.gov The Toothbrush Hack | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams appears to touch the bright sun during a third session of extravehicular activity. Williams and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Aki Hoshide (visible in the reflections of Williams helmet visor) completed in A bargain-brand toothbrush helped get the ISS back to full power.
Although astronauts and teams train for contingency, issues can arise during a spacewalk. Sometimes you have to get creative.
Read how ISS Flight Director Ed Van Cise, together with
"25.02.2015 13:47:21" nasa.gov NASA TV NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report. Are you watching? Another spacewalk is underway.
In preparation for new international docking ports, astronauts Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore will finish routing more than 360 feet of cable outside the International Space Station.
Training for spa
"25.02.2015 01:15:00" appel.nasa.gov A Built-In Heritage of Successful Human Spaceflight | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... The Space Launch System (SLS), NASA’s powerful new heavy lift launch vehicle, incorporates elements from some of the agency’s most successful past programs. Heritage hardware is the hallmark of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).
To maximize efficiency, each heavy-lift vehicle incorporates elements from some of the agency's most successful programs, including upgraded Solid Rocket Boosters and modified R
"24.02.2015 14:28:43" appel.nasa.gov Academy Case Study: Knowledge Legacy – From the X-15 to the Space Shuttle | APPEL – Academy of... A new Academy case study examines how the X-15 program provided a knowledge base that informed the development of the space shuttle. Aspects of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs can be traced back to the X-15, a rocket-powered hypersonic research aircraft that set multiple speed and altitude records.
Twelve test pilots, including Neil Armstrong, contributed
"23.02.2015 15:02:34" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: GAO Reviews the James Webb Space Telescope | APPEL – Academy of... With less than four years until launch, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) advises further cost risk analysis for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Despite delays, the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope (NASA Webb Telescope) remains on schedule and on budget according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
To stay on track, GAO recommends NASA follow best practic
"21.02.2015 16:20:26" nasa.gov NASA TV NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report. Are you watching?
Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts are outside the International Space Station RIGHT NOW installing new hardware and cables in preparation for the NASA Commercial Crew Program.
Although this is scheduled to be one of the mo
"21.02.2015 03:09:45" youtube.com Friendship 7 In 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. An Atlas launch vehicle propelled a Mercury spacecraft into orbit in the Friendship 7 mission. ... Too cold to go out? Watch this vintage NASA film documenting John Glenn's Friendship 7 mission which launched on this day in 1962.
As with any project or major mission, clear and constant communication is essential to success. Notice the coordinati
"20.02.2015 17:07:17" nasa.gov Bill Emrich Honored As 2015 AIAA Engineer of the Year For NASA Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Research The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently honored Bill Emrich with its prestigious 2015 Engineer of the Year award for his innovative nuclear propulsion research and testing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Congratulations to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's Bill Emrich on being named the 2015 Engineer of the Year by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics!
His contribution to nuclear thermal propulsion research, which has the potential
"20.02.2015 14:48:37" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The Space Shuttle Mapped the World | APPEL – Academy of... Fifteen years ago this month, Endeavour (STS-99) overcame launch delays and on-orbit challenges to capture Earth’s topography in unprecedented detail. Fifteen years ago this month, Space Shuttle Endeavour helped give us a new look at our planet with the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.
Twenty-four hour scanning allowed the antenna at the end of a 200-ft mast — the longest ever deployed by a Shut
"19.02.2015 17:46:20" km.nasa.gov Much More Than Fun and Games at 17th Federal Knowledge Management Community | NASA Chief... The 17th meeting of Federal Knowledge Management Community was hosted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Judeth Kaylor on Friday, January 23, in Arlington, Virginia. What motivates you to share knowledge with others?
Michael Bell, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Chief Knowledge Officer, outlined several important motivators at last January's 17th meeting of Federal Knowledge Management Community. They are:
"19.02.2015 17:14:15" km.nasa.gov Learning Lessons at NASA: A Masters with Masters Interview with Bart Singer and Jennifer Stevens... How can lessons learned from NASA projects and programs guide our projects and programs to better ensure mission success? TODAY at 1 pm ET (rescheduled from yesterday):
Join Dr. Ed Hoffman, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), in this special Masters with Masters (MwM) live webcast as he interviews two NASA knowledge practitioners, Bart Singer and Jennifer Stevens. Topi
"19.02.2015 01:00:01" appel.nasa.gov How to Do Successful Science at NASA: An Introduction | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... NASA scientist Dr. John C. Mather shows some of the earliest data from the NASA Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) spacecraft during a press conference held on Oct. 6, 2006, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. Mather shares the 2006 Nobel Priz How do we do successful science at NASA? What is the role of the Principal Investigator? What are the characteristics of a great PI?
Projects can change on a daily, if not hourly, basis. The relationship between a PI and a Project Manager is given p
"18.02.2015 13:56:31" km.nasa.gov Learning Lessons at NASA: A Masters with Masters Interview with Bart Singer and Jennifer Stevens... How can lessons learned from NASA projects and programs guide our projects and programs to better ensure mission success? TODAY from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET:
Join Dr. Ed Hoffman, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), in this special Masters with Masters (MwM) live webcast as he interviews two NASA knowledge practitioners, Bart Singer and Jennifer Stevens. Topics will include
"18.02.2015 01:59:00" km.nasa.gov My Best Mistake: Daniel Andrews’s “Too Good To Be True” | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer 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. Before the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) successfully smashed into the Moon in 2009, a thruster problem nearly compromised the mission.
Project manager Daniel Andrews and his team at NASA Ames Research Center had discovered
"16.02.2015 19:39:51" appel.nasa.gov Lessons from Lincoln | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Like most people, project managers and engineers may have an interest in history without realizing that understanding the past can help them better understand and manage the present. Studying the past can be an opportunity to see how leaders overcame What lessons can Abraham Lincoln's story offer to today's leaders and project managers? His successes point to a straightforward approach and honest communication.
Revisit Lincoln's lessons learned: http://go.nasa.gov/1v6vKpZ
"16.02.2015 13:30:00" appel.nasa.gov Collaborative Planning for IceBridge Science | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... Success in science often relies as much on planning, communication, and constant improvement as it does on gathering data, writing papers, and giving lectures. This is especially true for large scientific missions like NASA’s Operation IceBridge. To Here's something "cool":
Since 2009, scientists working on the NASA Operation IceBridge mission have been gathering data on the Arctic and Antarctic to understand how these regions affect the global climate.
The success of IceBridge depends on con
"13.02.2015 16:30:57" appel.nasa.gov Examining the Benefits of Commercial Crew Transport in Low Earth Orbit | APPEL – Academy of... Affordability, flexibility, and expansion into deep space: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to support the agency in multiple ways. Roses are red, violets are blue. Space travel is sweet when it's with Commercial Crew.
As NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden put it, NASA Commercial Crew Program will help us to get to Mars sooner. Under their contracts with NASA, SpaceX and Boeing a
"12.02.2015 19:28:11" km.nasa.gov Introducing the Gateway to Critical Knowledge | NASA Chief Knowledge Officer The CK Gateway is a portal connecting the NASA community to a vast array of NASA video-based lessons learned resources and serving as an index to broadly applicable lessons learned that enable mission success. The goal of the CK initiative is to sti NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Hoffman has announced a new portal for the NASA community called the Critical Knowledge Gateway.
The Gateway is a compendium of multimedia that assists users in formulating the right questions, expanding critical thi
"12.02.2015 14:41:55" appel.nasa.gov Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Ready for Environmental Testing | APPEL – Academy of... Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) engineers overcame two obstacles to keep the mission on track for a launch readiness date of February 11, 2013. This week marked the 2-year anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8, formerly known as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).
During development and integration, engineers overcame a faulty power supply and a helium leak which allowed the missi
"11.02.2015 15:48:46" appel.nasa.gov The Metronome Hack | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership A smartphone app set the tempo for a fix to bring the International Space Station (ISS) back online after a thermal system failed. While a smartphone app did not outright fix an ISS thermal system failure in 2013, it did set the tone for what could be done.
Mission managers train for these situations: "What do I have available to me to fix this problem that doesn't seem obviou
"10.02.2015 20:31:15" appel.nasa.gov International Partnerships for Space Exploration | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... The year is 2050. The vicinity around Earth has become a vibrant economic sphere. Physical sciences and medical research in space are driving innovations that enable companies to offer new products that improve our quality of life. Tourists spend sum International cooperation in action:
Today at 2:10 p.m. ET, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gave the command to release the SpaceX Dragon capsule from the Canadian-built robotic arm Canadarm2, which is attached to the ISS.
"09.02.2015 15:18:02" appel.nasa.gov International Space Apps Challenge interview with Beth Beck For 48 hours beginning April 12, 2014, thousands of participants from all over the globe will engage in NASA’s third International Space Apps Challenge. As part of NASA’s Open Innovation Program, Space Apps is a mass collaboration event that brings t Just one more day to apply to host a Space Apps Challenge. Last year's global event had over 9,000 participants.
In March 2014, APPEL News interviewed Beth Beck, NASA's Open Innovation Program Manager, and we asked her what makes the International
"08.02.2015 22:30:31" appel.nasa.gov Message from the Academy Director: Universal Principles of Effective Partnerships | APPEL –... Tolstoy wrote: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same holds true for partnerships on NASA missions. Today's 6:10 p.m. ET launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is a partnership between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and the U.S. Air Force. The spacecraft will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. You
"06.02.2015 18:54:17" appel.nasa.gov How to Say No | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Put ‘N’ and ‘O’ together and you may just have the most powerful word in the English language. Since becoming a project manager, I have learned that using this word is often associated with project success. One of our first articles was on the power of saying, "No."
John Hrastar, then Director of Systems, Technology, and Advanced Concepts at NASA Goddard, says that putting 'N' and 'O' together can stimulate more creative solutions. Establishing a prece
"06.02.2015 16:40:21" Yesterday, NASA Dawn Mission released the sharpest images to date of dwarf planet Ceres.
Making the billion-mile voyage a success requires trust, cooperation, and, yes, some ion propulsion. We revisit the lessons learned from overcoming launch dela
"05.02.2015 19:54:06" Citizen collaboration is a valuable way NASA can solve challenges. Are you a good problem solver? Can you help design, build, or think up a solution that could help advance space exploration and improve life on Earth?
Apply by Feb. 10th for your ci
"05.02.2015 15:14:47" appel.nasa.gov History Brief: Exploring New Horizons Like NASA’s Gravity Probe B and Kepler spacecraft, the New Horizons mission to Pluto was a long time in the making, overcoming many obstacles before ever leaving the launch pad. Yesterday, NASA's New Horizons Mission released the first approach phase images of Pluto and one of its moons, Charon.
Just four months before the scheduled launch date of January 2006, the mission’s Atlas V launch vehicle experienced a failure dur
"04.02.2015 20:00:00" appel.nasa.gov Building A Strong Future in Space and on Earth | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... In his State of NASA speech on February 2, 2015, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden shared his excitement about the robust future of the agency. “As I stand here today…I can unequivocally say that the state of NASA is strong,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden during his #StateofNASA speech on February 2, 2015.
Pointing to the recent success of Orion's EFT-1 mission, the upcoming test-
"04.02.2015 14:32:38" appel.nasa.gov The Challenge of Launching Old Scientific Instruments | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... Scientific instruments for robotic NASA space missions are usually designed for flight on a specific satellite with a planned launch date. Sometimes multiple copies of instruments are developed to fly on several satellites. Occasionally, the last ins When planning for a mission that may be 10-20 years until launch, how do you maintain its scientific instruments?
Extending contracts, storing flight hardware, and updating ground support equipment are just a few of the challenges, and we explore mo
"03.02.2015 14:16:52" appel.nasa.gov Solving Challenges Through Mass Collaboration | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... One of the things astronauts who have had the privilege of traveling to space talk about when they return is what it’s like to see Earth from space, and the orbital perspective this brings. They talk about what it means to live in a world where we ar "Solving the grand challenges of our time will require all of us. Just imagine what we could do together if we all shared an orbital perspective," says Nick Skytland, NASA's Data Evangelist.
Mass collaboration is more important than ever at NASA. W
"02.02.2015 18:21:34" appel.nasa.gov Rocket University | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership See what Rocket University (RU) is all about! Read Kennedy Space Center’s RU newsletter for highlights of their 2014 hands-on development activities. From high-altitude research to piloting unmanned aerial vehicles, see the 2014 highlights from NASA's Rocket University.
Will we see 'U' there one day? http://go.nasa.gov/1CSO1Ig
"31.01.2015 16:22:09" appel.nasa.gov Tapping NASA’s Greatest Resource: Its People | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering... NASA recently launched an online mentoring resource that takes much of the uncertainty out of making professional development connections. "I’m calling it a movement. This is a culture shift." Project lead Margaret Truitt talking about a new tool that connects NASA civil servants with mentors across the agency.
Learn more about NASA Connect and find out why she chose this photo for her
"30.01.2015 18:14:01" appel.nasa.gov Sharing the Excitement of Exploration On a small farm in the Middle of Nowhere, Arkansas, the sky was beautiful at night. Looking up at all those stars is how I became interested in astronomy as a child. Later on, Hubble began to release its beautiful images, which made me start asking t The James Webb Space Telescope will look deeper into the universe than ever before, unlocking the secrets of our origins.
Lead scientist Dr. Amber Straughn says that building the telescope is only one part of the mission; the other part is telling
"30.01.2015 13:15:00" Revisiting the digital age-old question: should project managers be trained in social media?
The typical line of thinking is that project managers have more important things to do. But Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration
"29.01.2015 14:56:25" appel.nasa.gov Sharing NASA's Science and Engineering Stories NASA’s Office of the Chief Scientist is on track to launch a science communications initiative designed to help the agency’s practitioners tell their stories. When NASA SMAP Mission lifts off, it will be the fifth Earth science mission launched within a year. Being a highly-technical mission, how do scientists make its story compelling and engaging?
A development course led by NASA science communication
"28.01.2015 18:32:52" appel.nasa.gov Exploring the Role of Case Study-Based Learning at NASA | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... The Academy announces a new case study resource: Seven Axioms of Good Engineering: Development of a Case Study-Based Course for NASA. What seven core axioms can apply to all engineers? More than 500 participants have attended this APPEL course that examines the role of historical case studies and engineering failures in critical thinking as a means of avoiding classic design errors
"28.01.2015 15:10:50" appel.nasa.gov Some Safety Lessons Learned | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership The proximate causes of an accident and the changes needed to avoid repetition are usually clearer and more readily dealt with than the associated root causes. As a team of engineers, we usually find a way to modify the design, change the software, o On this Day of Remembrance, we honor the fallen who pushed the boundaries of space exploration.
We revisit some thoughts by former astronaut and NASA safety chief Bryan O'Connor on safety lessons learned.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/1bVo50t
"28.01.2015 03:11:03" appel.nasa.gov NASA Young Professionals | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Young Professionals Explore the Challenges Ahead in Getting Humans to MarsOctober 23, 2014 // by APPEL News StaffOn October 3, 2014, young professionals in the international space community sparked a conversation about the future of human space endea Young professionals bring new energy to NASA, says APPEL Director Roger Forsgren. That's why we have a one-stop page for young professionals with stories, interviews, and career development resources.
Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1CwVVac
"27.01.2015 18:09:05" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Apollo 1 – Abandon in Place | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project &... January 27, 1967, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee sat side by side in full gear inside the Apollo 1 capsule on the launch pad at Complex 34 at Kennedy Space Center. This would serve as the first flight with astronauts in the capsule. As the Although the fire aboard the Apollo 1 capsule lasted only 26 seconds, it was enough to consume all the oxygen on board, claiming the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.
An 8-member review board concluded that while no singl
"27.01.2015 14:42:22" appel.nasa.gov A Novel Mission Propels NASA Farther Along the Journey To Mars | APPEL – Academy of... NASA’s commitment to manned deep space exploration continues with an extended mission to learn more about the long-term effects of microgravity on the human body. While NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko live aboard the ISS for a year, starting March 2015, they'll have with them over 400 scientific experiments. A greater understanding of the human body in space is expected to propel NAS
"27.01.2015 01:33:48" appel.nasa.gov Interview with Steven Smith | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership As a NASA astronaut, Steven Smith has flown on four shuttle missions and taken seven spacewalks to carry out Hubble telescope repairs and install the S-Zero Truss in the International Space Station (ISS). He is currently the NASA International Space International cooperation is a hallmark of space exploration. In this 2011 interview with astronaut Steven Smith, he talks about being the International Space Station liaison with ESA - European Space Agency.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/1H2lQuE
"26.01.2015 16:58:32" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Clear Communication Revealed a Hidden World | APPEL – Academy of... Ten years ago this month, the Huygens probe landed on Titan. But the multi-national mission was almost derailed by a language barrier—between machines. Halfway through the 7-year journey to Titan, scientists discovered a communications issue between Cassini and its lander, Huygens. Cassini was receiving a clear signal from Huygens, but data came back garbled. We almost missed out on invaluable data
"22.01.2015 15:37:24" appel.nasa.gov How the Kepler team used innovation to succeed Navigating to alien planets similar to our own is a universal theme of science fiction. But how do our space heroes know where to find those planets? As of January 15, 2015, NASA's Kepler Mission has confirmed the existence of 1,804 exoplanets. But did you know it took the team nearly 20 years for the mission to get approved? Overcoming engineering challenges and proving the science on the ground
"20.01.2015 20:46:39" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: Examining Progress and Challenges for Human Space Exploration | APPEL –... Following the successful first flight of Orion, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on issues impacting NASA’s human space exploration programs. Pushing the SLS test launch from 2017 to November 2018 allows the Orion team to analyze critical flight data from EFT-1, specifically regarding its heat shield and parachutes. It also allows the agency to apply less pressure on its resources.
"16.01.2015 21:47:34" appel.nasa.gov Getting the Most from Your Mentor | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Mentoring has a long tradition at NASA. To explore how to get the most out of a mentor-protégé relationship, I spoke with several NASA veterans, including Chief Engineer Mike Ryschkewitsch and Liz Citrin, deputy associate director of the Joint Polar Revisiting mentorship: how do you find the right mentor? Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Making the relationship work and making it worthwhile is the bigger challenge.
Read more on how to get the most from your mentor here: http://go.nasa.gov/
"15.01.2015 01:30:00" appel.nasa.gov OCO-2: A Second Chance to Fly | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership At 1:55 a.m. on February 24, 2009, a Taurus XL rocket rumbled away from the ground at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO). OCO was on its way to orbit—but not for long. The payload fairing failed to Launch failures are hard on any mission team, but they can be a significant learning opportunity, especially if you're given a second chance. In 2009, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) plunged into the ocean shortly after launch -- but the missio
"16.12.2014 18:48:12" appel.nasa.gov For Orion, A Smooth Landing was Part of the Plan | NASA APPEL During its first flight, Orion reentered Earth’s atmosphere going nearly 20,000 miles per hour yet splashed down minutes later at a gentle 20 miles per hour. Our APPEL News team spoke with Stuart McClung, Orion Crew Module Landing and Recovery System Functional Area Manager, immediately following the splashdown. Amidst the celebration surrounding the nearly flawless flight, McClung spoke about the contrib
"15.12.2014 17:38:56" appel.nasa.gov Insights in Brief: Quick Q&A with OCO-2 Project Manager Ralph Basilio | NASA APPEL Gaining experience, finding mentors, and even making mistakes are important elements in becoming an effective project manager. APPEL had the opportunity to ask Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Project Manager Ralph Basilio a few quick questions about what he did—and still does—to maximize his ability to be an effective project manager.
Read the full interview: http://
"09.12.2014 21:38:13" NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Orion arrives at Mole Pier at Naval Base San Diego where the team will prepare it for shipment back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"08.12.2014 17:38:41" appel.nasa.gov The Launch of a New Era in Human Spaceflight | NASA APPEL NASA achieved a significant milestone in human space exploration with the success of Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). “It’s hard to have a better day than today,” said NASA #Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer after the flight. “It’s a difficult mission. It’s a tough environment to fly through, with tough objectives that we set for this flight. But it appears that Orio
"05.12.2014 23:53:28" NASA, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin recovery crews aboard the USS Anchorage witnessed NASA’s Orion Spacecraft as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. #Orion
"05.12.2014 18:29:37" www.nasa.gov NASA TV on Ustream NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. Coming up at 1:30pm EST watch the #Orion EFT-1 post-flight test briefing on NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
"05.12.2014 16:32:32" We have splashdown! #Orion is back home in the Pacific Ocean!
"05.12.2014 16:13:29" #Orion is preparing for reentry into Earth's atmosphere. Splashdown at 11:29am EST.
"05.12.2014 15:33:34" Crew module separation complete. #Orion is free in space.
"05.12.2014 15:15:33" #Orion has reached peak altitude at 3132 nautical miles above Earth. ...and the journey home begins.
"05.12.2014 14:55:51" NASA's Johnson Space Center The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy with NASA’s Orion Spacecraft atop it lifted off at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. See photos on NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
"05.12.2014 13:03:40" #Orion is in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and everything going extremely well.
"05.12.2014 12:07:16" Liftoff! #Orion is in the sky!
"05.12.2014 11:49:55" #Orion and the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in the distance on this overcast day morning.
"05.12.2014 09:06:24" Teams have been given the “go” to proceed with tanking the United Launch Alliance #DeltaIV rocket for today's launch attempt of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.
The 2.5 hour launch window opens at 7:05 a.m EST. Live launch coverage begins at 6:00 a.m. EST o Mobile Uploads
"04.12.2014 21:10:41" While we wait for tomorrow's launch window to open at 7:05am ET, here are a few pictures from the #Orion rollout last night.
"04.12.2014 15:42:24" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Scrub. Today's planned launch of #Orion is postponed due to valve issue. Our next possible launch window opens at 7:05am ET Friday
"04.12.2014 14:30:19" New launch attempt at 9:44am EST. Last chance for today's launch window.
"04.12.2014 13:19:07" New launch time 8:26am EST.
"04.12.2014 12:07:37" Launch start delayed. New launch time 7:17am EST.
"04.12.2014 11:39:12" Sun rising behind Launch Complex 37. Getting close!
"04.12.2014 09:16:49" Preparations for Orion’s flight test are progressing smoothly ahead of a scheduled 7:05 a.m. EST/12:05 UTC liftoff today. United Launch Alliance has begun fueling the Delta IV Heavy rocket with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Weather remains forec Timeline Photos Launch day! Live coverage starts in 15 minutes on NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/
"04.12.2014 04:51:15" Orion rollout in progress!
"04.12.2014 03:58:49" Orion sits ready atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket. Readiness check for rollout starting!
"03.12.2014 22:59:28" Orion: Trial By Fire The journey starts tomorrow…and we can't wait! Go #Orion!
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort c
"03.12.2014 19:05:40" At 9 p.m. EST on December 3, the PBS program NOVA will present an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong: “First Man on the Moon.” The program will feature interviews with Armstrong’s family and friends to uncover more about the real man behind the Amer
"03.12.2014 18:07:57" Next up: The NASA social event will host a series of speakers talking about the mission and what it means for NASA.
"03.12.2014 17:11:53" Key members of the #Orion team talked about tomorrow's launch: NASA Orion Program Mark Geyer, Lockheed Martin Orion Program Manager Mike Hawes, Orion Flight Director Mike Sarafin, EFT-1 GSDO Mission Manager Jeff Angermeier, ULA Director of Mission Ma
"03.12.2014 15:58:11" #Orion EFT-1 pre-launch press conference is about to begin.
"03.12.2014 15:24:44" www.nasa.gov NASA TV NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report. Watch #NASA's #Orion pre-launch news conference live starting at 11am EST on http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
"03.12.2014 13:33:22" The excitement is building for the #Orion EFT-1 launch tomorrow morning. A look at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's new countdown clock.
"02.12.2014 19:08:56" Thursday launch continues to look good for Orion! NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer, Lockheed Martin Orion Program Manager Mike Hawes, and United Launch Alliance Director of Mission Management Ron Fortson indicated a launch on Dec 4 remains likel
"02.12.2014 17:01:07" At today’s Virtual PM Challenge, APPEL Director Roger Forsgren, Deputy Director Stephen Angelillo, and Curriculum Manager Donna Wilson highlighted how APPEL supports NASA’s mission by facilitating career development for the agency’s technical workfor
"02.12.2014 14:00:44" www.nasa.gov PM Challenge NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. Today is the day! From 11am - 1pm EST listen to APPEL leadership talk about developing the NASA technical workforce. Visit the Virtual PM Challenge website for more information about how to RSVP and watch live.
"01.12.2014 20:30:55" It's Orion's launch week!! Who's ready for a launch?
The L-3 Day forecast for the launch of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather.
Orion’s flight test is schedul Timeline Photos
"01.12.2014 16:31:02" appel.nasa.gov Orion is a Go for Its First Flight | NASA APPEL On Thursday, November 20, Orion passed the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) and was given a “go” to proceed. Although the spacecraft will not be manned for EFT-1, all of the tests will be conducted with the ultimate goal in mind: enabling human spaceflight through #Orion.
“We are flying a flight primary structure. You could fly people in this [crew capsul
"27.11.2014 15:56:13" Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving from the NASA APPEL team.
Only 1 week away from the Orion EFT-1 launch!
United Launch Alliance launch complex 37b at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Orion is stacked on the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle.
"26.11.2014 18:56:48" www.nasa.gov APPEL - Developing the Technical Workforce Abstract: The technical workforce—those involved with project management and systems engineering—is an integral part of NASA’s efforts and achievements. But who helps members of the technical workforce achieve their professional development goals? REMINDER: Tuesday, Dec 2 from 11am-1pm EST APPEL management will discuss developing the NASA technical workforce at the Virtual Project Management Challenge.
RSVP here: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/pmchallenge/sessions/2015_Session_1_abstract.ht
"26.11.2014 18:46:25" We're just over a week away from the first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft! Orion, seen here atop the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will send it on its two-orbit, 4.5 hour flight test is undergoing final preparations ahead Timeline Photos One week from tomorrow!
"24.11.2014 19:36:15" Orion Exploration Flight Test Press Kit is now online: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/orion_flight_test_press_kit(1).pdf Timeline Photos Learn more about the upcoming NASA’s Orion Spacecraft EFT-1 mission's flight objectives, timeline, recovery operations, and other important information related to the test flight.
Press Kit (PDF): http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/orion
"24.11.2014 18:40:29" appel.nasa.gov A Rare Event Offers Insight into Solar System Origins | NASA APPEL Mars recently played host to an Oort Cloud comet flyby, providing an unprecedented opportunity to expand understanding of our solar system. “After observing how the comet dust slammed into the upper atmosphere, it makes me very happy that we decided to put our spacecraft on the other side of Mars at the peak of the dust tail passage and out of harm’s way. I really believe that hiding the
"19.11.2014 18:08:06" appel.nasa.gov Announcing the APPEL Virtual Project Management Challenge | NASA APPEL NASA’s project managers and systems engineers are integral to the agency’s efforts and achievements. But who helps them achieve their professional development goals? Join us for a new Virtual Project Management Challenge on December 2, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST to learn more about how the Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) supports the development of NASA’s technical workforc
"19.11.2014 18:01:23" Project Management Institute PMO Symposium kicked off with experts discussing how talent can power strategic initiatives. NASA's Edward J. Hoffman, PhD, then shared tips on how to secure out-of-this-world talent. Attendees also saw project and program management in action at loc
"13.11.2014 14:38:37" appel.nasa.gov Academy Bookshelf—Making a World of Difference: Engineering Ideas into Reality | NASA APPEL A new book from the National Academy of Engineering celebrates 50 years of innovation by engineers from a range of disciplines, including aerospace and systems engineering. Marking the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), "Making a World of Difference: Engineering Ideas into Reality" looks at the ways in which engineering has enhanced lives and advanced society over the past 50 years.
"12.11.2014 14:20:05" At 8:54 p.m. EST Tuesday, the Orion spacecraft began its 22 mile trek from the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A little after 10 p.m., the spacecr Timeline Photos Last night the NASA’s Orion Spacecraft made it's 22 mile journey to Space Launch Complex 37. Next step is to be stacked on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket.
"10.11.2014 15:53:40" appel.nasa.gov Expanding Human Space Exploration through Global Cooperation | NASA APPEL As Orion readies for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December, it looks forward to a future fueled by international collaboration. “As I have said many times, the success of our modern space programs will be judged in large part on how well we continue to make space exploration about global partnership—particularly since it is clear that no one nation can do it alone and that th
"10.11.2014 15:00:17" We're getting ready to roll the Orion spacecraft out to its launch pad tonight ahead of its first trip to space. Orion will move from the Launch Abort System Facility at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Timeline Photos
"07.11.2014 17:42:05" appel.nasa.gov One Person’s Mentoring Experience | NASA APPEL That was the headline that grabbed my attention and ultimately led to my participation in a formal mentoring program. ACES is an acronym for Advancing Careers and Employee Success. The agency-supported program is designed to help employees achieve th "From this mentoring experience, I learned to “reach for it.” NASA is a place where “reaching for it” happens on a daily basis, whether it is reaching to launch a vehicle into space, land a rover on Mars, or become one of the best places to work in t
"06.11.2014 14:01:11" Join the team that built NASA’s Orion Spacecraft tomorrow in a Reddit AMA at 3pm ET where they'll answer your #Orion questions:
http://www.reddit.com/r/iama Timeline Photos Today you will have the opportunity to ask the team behind NASA’s Orion Spacecraft anything! They will be participating in a Reddit AMA this afternoon at 3pm ET.
"05.11.2014 14:53:32" Timeline Photos Less than one month away from NASA’s Orion Spacecraft's first test launch atop a Delta IV heavy launch vehicle. This graphic gives a nice visual explanation of the tests flight path.
"04.11.2014 18:40:48" On Nov 28, 1983, the Columbia lifted off from Cape Canaveral on its ninth mission (STS-9). But this mission was distinct from earlier ones. For the first time, the shuttle was home to Spacelab, an international on-orbit research facility. Over its 22
"03.11.2014 22:20:28" READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!! The November issue of Spaceport Magazine is here: http://go.nasa.gov/1021jSF
Inside you can read about:
• Mars exploration: From Mariner 4 to MAVEN and beyond.
• Delta IV heavy travels to launch pad for Orion’s first flight t Timeline Photos
"01.11.2014 17:21:37" www.nasa.gov Statement from NASA Administrator on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Mishap “On behalf of the entire NASA family, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the pilot lost in today’s accident involving Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, and we are praying for a speedy recovery of the other pilot."
"30.10.2014 18:10:28" "It is extremely exciting to see the heat shield in place, ready to do its job," said Mark Geyer, #Orion program manager, after the shield was installed. "The heat shield is such a critical piece, not just for this mission, but for our plans to send
"28.10.2014 21:34:38" Learn about the cargo traveling to the International Space Station aboard the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft scheduled to launch tonight, Oct. 28, at 6:22 p.m. EDT.
This photo shows the NanoRacks-Duchesne-Plant Growth Chamber, which will enabl Timeline Photos
"28.10.2014 13:43:16" appel.nasa.gov Masters with Masters: The Ongoing Evolution of Lessons Learned at NASA | NASA APPEL How can NASA capture, share, and leverage its wealth of lessons learned to enhance the effectiveness of future work? Two Chief Knowledge Officers explored the issue. On July 24, 2014, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Chief Knowledge Officer Michael Bell and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Chief Knowledge Officer David Oberhettinger sat down with NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Hoffman for a Masters with Masters discuss
"23.10.2014 21:39:21" Sun-Earth Day ECLIPSE TODAY! There will be a partial solar eclipse today starting about 5:50pm (EDT). This picture shows what it will look like to those in the DC metro area with a fairly clear western horizon at 6pm. So, not a really BIG eclipse but... AN ECLIPSE How to safely watch today's partial solar eclipse from NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO)!
"23.10.2014 19:38:13" appel.nasa.gov Young Professionals Explore the Challenges Ahead in Getting Humans to Mars | NASA APPEL On October 3, 2014, young professionals in the international space community sparked a conversation about the future of human space endeavors. The 2014 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada featured a Young Professionals Programme that included several virtual forums, allowing those who could not attend in person to join key discussions affecting their community. The
"23.10.2014 14:11:05" www.nasa.gov 2015 NIAC Symposium The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is proud to announce its 2015 Symposium! All are invited to attend this public meeting. The 2015 #NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium registration is now open!
The meeting will feature progress presentations from the new Phase I Fellows and current Phase II Fellows.This portfolio of NIAC studies address diverse research
"20.10.2014 17:23:26" appel.nasa.gov Suggest a Story to APPEL | NASA APPEL A best practice among leading program/project managers and engineers is reflection. Which approaches worked well? Were the risks too high? When did taking a chance pay off? How did the team respond when the unexpected occurred? Storytelling is one wa Have an interesting project management or engineering story? Share it with APPEL News team!
"17.10.2014 14:41:10" appel.nasa.gov Need for Sustained Commitment Underscores Pathways to Human Space Exploration | NASA APPEL Human space exploration speaks to a basic desire to explore and understand. Just as basic, says the National Research Council (NRC), is the need for ongoing support. Recent National Research Council (NRC) report suggested that a more pressing question might not concern what humans can accomplish in space, but rather: How do we get there in the current resource-constrained environment?
More on the report: http://
"16.10.2014 16:16:00" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: The X-15 Program Set a Record for Speed | NASA APPEL On October 3, 1967, U.S. Air Force pilot William “Pete” Knight set a world speed record in an X-15 rocket plane. Minutes later, the aircraft landed charred and broken. On October 3, 1967, the revamped and renamed X-15A-2 set off with William “Pete” Knight at the controls. The day was bright and clear. Like all the X-15 flights, a B-52 bomber carried the “spaceplane” up to 45,000 feet before releasing it. Knight swi
"15.10.2014 17:01:45" www.nasa.gov NASA TV NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report. Watch LIVE as Astronauts Gregory R. Wiseman and Butch Wilmore work outside of the International Space Station.
"15.10.2014 16:09:39" appel.nasa.gov The NESC: A Decade of Learning | NASA APPEL Memories fade, and with them so does the impact of lessons learned. Ten years after the Columbia tragedy we need to remind ourselves of these lessons and continue to be vigilant as NASA develops its current and future missions. Established after the Columbia accident, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) has been an essential asset for independent testing, analysis, and assessments of NASA's high-risk projects to ensure safety and mission success at the agency.
"26.09.2014 17:48:12" appel.nasa.gov Tapping NASA’s Greatest Resource: Its People | NASA APPEL NASA recently launched an online mentoring resource that takes much of the uncertainty out of making professional development connections. Many people consider mentoring an important part of professional development. But if you work at an agency that spans 10 centers across a nation, connecting with the right mentor—or mentors—isn’t always simple.
We sat down with project lead Margare
"25.09.2014 17:08:07" appel.nasa.gov Interview with Lisa May | NASA APPEL Lisa May is the program executive for MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). In her spare time, she acts as the female voice of NASA’s ScienceCasts. Don Cohen spoke with her at NASA Hea It's been a busy and successful week for the #MAVEN team. In 2012, we caught up with Lisa May, the MAVEN Program Executive.
"24.09.2014 15:39:14" appel.nasa.gov Expanding the Utility of UAVs at Marshall Space Flight Center | NASA APPEL A year ago, six early-career engineers from Marshall Space Flight Center experienced success with their unmanned aerial vehicles. They haven’t stopped flying since. "We’ve got quad copters, which we use for the formation flights. We’ve got hexacopters that were left over from the competition and can lift more than the quad copters. And we’ve got the one octocopter. We try to match up the payload to the vehicle."
"22.09.2014 17:34:17" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: A Lone Pioneer Paved the Way Past Saturn | NASA APPEL Pioneer 11 headed toward Jupiter on April 5, 1973, leaving Cape Canaveral aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The small spacecraft—only 2.9 meters at its longest point—was following in the footsteps of its sister, Pioneer 10, which had launched a year ea On September 1, 1979, Pioneer 11 made history as the first spacecraft to fly by Saturn. Its journey paved the way for Voyager—but dashed hopes of finding life on Titan.
Read more from This Month in NASA History: http://go.nasa.gov/1uSNgei
"18.09.2014 13:46:21" appel.nasa.gov NASA Selects Two Commercial Partners for Crew Transport in Low Earth Orbit | NASA APPEL The announcement that NASA will partner with more than one company took some by surprise. But the decision sets up the agency for success beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). “Having two industry partners focused on LEO transport will free up the agency to target deep space travel to an asteroid and, eventually, Mars.” ~ NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden
Read more about the announcement: http://go.nasa.gov/1uWt2yt
"16.09.2014 13:57:14" THE MISSION IS IN SIGHT NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the Inter... Watch the announcement live on NASA TV at 4pm EDT.
"12.09.2014 16:15:09" appel.nasa.gov Kepler: The Long Road to Other Worlds | NASA APPEL Navigating to alien planets similar to our own is a universal theme of science fiction. But how do our space heroes know where to find those planets? “The science merit function that Bill developed was a bridge between the science and engineering that we used in doing these kind of trade studies. In my opinion, the Kepler mission was pretty unique in having such a thing. And that’s a lesson learne
"11.09.2014 18:38:12" appel.nasa.gov The Toothbrush Hack | NASA APPEL NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams appears to touch the bright sun during a third session of extravehicular activity. Williams and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Aki Hoshide (visible in the reflections of Williams helmet visor) completed in “We train hard not only on failure recognition and resolution, but also on how to think ahead to the implications of the next possible failure and how to protect for it. We have a culture of developing creative solutions, bred out of the mind-set tha
"10.09.2014 16:06:51" appel.nasa.gov At Rocket U, Accelerated Learning and Unparalleled Resources Support Future Mission Success Glenn Research Center’s Rocket University pilot program melds course work with hands-on experience to give early-career engineers a strong foundation for the future. "One of the nicest things about the workshops we’ve been doing is I’m learning how things are actually applied in a spaceflight environment. As a mechanical engineer, I have a background in a lot of these subjects. But I’ve never done an actual vibra
"04.09.2014 14:34:35" 2014 SELDP Graduation (Orlando Figueroa) The critical roles of attitude and change were stressed throughout the graduation ceremony for the Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (SELDP)... “Attitude is everything,” said keynote speaker Orlando Figueroa. “When we speak about culture, we speak about attitude and mindset.”
Figueroa, a former NASA senior executive, is currently the owner of Orlando Leadership Enterprise, an aerospace con
"21.08.2014 13:29:48" appel.nasa.gov 3D Printing in Space: Great Promise But Long Path Forward | NASA APPEL A recent report issued by the National Research Council examined the potential applications and challenges for additive manufacturing in space. The true potential for in-space additive manufacturing (3D Printing) may lie not in cost reductions but in innovation: the technology could produce a paradigm shift in space architecture. Because in-space additive manufacturing will not be subject to
"20.08.2014 16:35:49" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: MESSENGER Launched an Investigation into Mercury | APPEL – Academy... Ten years ago this month, MESSENGER embarked on a mission to uncover the secrets of the least-explored terrestrial planet. Getting MESSENGER to Mercury was not simple. The initial challenge came down to dollars and cents: sending a spacecraft into orbit around Mercury would be cost prohibitive in terms of the fuel alone. But mission scientists determined that a unique tr
"19.08.2014 14:11:16" appel.nasa.gov Introducing The First Interactive APPEL Catalog | NASA APPEL In the new interactive APPEL Catalog, each course has its own web page that features an in-depth multimedia exploration of course details. The APPEL Catalog has been completely redesigned for FY15. Now entirely online, the new guide features “one-stop shopping” for everything NASA practitioners need to know about APPEL courses.
Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1vcDuCm
"07.08.2014 13:39:45" appel.nasa.gov GAO Assesses NASA’s Space Launch System Program | NASA APPEL According to the GAO, progress on the design of the SLS is moving ahead positively. The program has satisfied a number of NASA metrics, including requirements for design maturity. However, the GAO found that NASA has not developed an adequate plan fo The Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls for NASA to match Space Launch System (SLS) Program resources to requirements to ensure long-term affordability and sustainability.
Read the report: http://go.nasa.gov/1pdLPFc
"05.08.2014 15:29:49" appel.nasa.gov Quiet Project Management: Turning Up the Volume on Productivity | NASA APPEL The NASA workforce is highly talented, yet some employee potential may be overlooked. A new APPEL pilot course shows how to capture that potential. APPEL recently offered Quiet Project Management, a new pilot course that could open the door to enhanced productivity and stronger project team dynamics.
Read more from our interview with APPEL Director, Roger Forsgren: http://go.nasa.gov/1zQXM6V
"01.08.2014 15:51:44" appel.nasa.gov Predictable Project Surprises: Bridging Risk-Perception Gaps | NASA APPEL “Unfortunately, my King … here I am, unwilling and unwanted … because I know that no one ever welcomes a bearer of bad news.”—Antigone by Sophocles, circa 442 BC Many failed projects provide early warnings that they will run into trouble, but these signs are often ignored. They fly under the organization’s risk radar, evading even sophisticated risk management processes. Organizations end up not recognizing e
"31.07.2014 14:40:14" From the NASA Chief Knowledge Officer, Ed Hoffman: Forty-five years ago this month, we landed a man—actually two—on the moon, and the world raised the bar to success by a skyward leap.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/1kosYal
The deployment of th
"30.07.2014 18:28:54" Hot, toxic, and murky, Venus serves as an extraordinary engineering challenge, according to Jim Garvin.
More from the archives: http://go.nasa.gov/13MTKuR
"29.07.2014 15:20:56" While NASA projects are one of a kind, each has valuable project management and engineering lessons that can be learned and applied universally.
Read more from Ed Rogers' "The Knowledge Management Journey":
"28.07.2014 17:25:23" Life as an ER-2 Pilot
Most commercial airliners fly at about 30,000 feet (9,000 meters). The ER-2, a civilian version of the Air Force's U2, cruises at twice that height, at the edge of space. What's it like to fly that high? What sort of pressure Timeline Photos Interesting perspective from #NASA ER-2 pilots studying the glaciers and ice sheets.
"28.07.2014 16:04:11" appel.nasa.gov Interview with Glenn Research Center’s Justin Niehaus | NASA APPEL Justin Niehaus may be an early-career professional at Glenn Research Center, but thanks to their pilot Rocket University program, he’s already experiencing what it’s like to be a project manager. "Anyone who has an opportunity to do Rocket U or some other sort of technical or leadership training should take advantage of it. These opportunities are rare and you never know when another will present itself. I would definitely say this has been w
"25.07.2014 16:07:26" appel.nasa.gov Interview with Don Pettit | NASA APPEL Astronaut Don Pettit began his career with NASA seventeen years ago and has since flown on three spaceflight missions. Logging more than 370 days in space and over 13 spacewalk hours, he lived aboard the International Space Station for five and a hal "Being Earth-centric, you think you need your computer on a desk; then you realize you don’t need a desk, just a wall; then you go one stage further and realize you don’t even need the wall."
Read more from our one-on-one interview with Astronaut Do
"23.07.2014 17:14:06" appel.nasa.gov Coming Soon: The First Interactive APPEL Catalog | NASA APPEL APPEL’s innovative online course catalog serves as a one-stop resource for everything NASA’s technical workforce needs to know about APPEL courses. This August, NASA practitioners interested in attending APPEL courses will discover a more interactive way to engage with the Academy’s curriculum: the new APPEL Catalog.
Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1ueZkZe
"22.07.2014 14:54:56" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: Winglets Helped Save an Industry Following the Arab oil embargo of 1973, American aviation faced nearly industry-crushing increases in the cost of fuel. In an attempt to make flight operations more efficient, NASA formed the Aircraft Energy Efficiency (ACEE) program. One aspect of t "Winglets trick an aircraft’s wings into acting as though they were longer. Longer wingspans are more efficient: they offer aircraft the ability to fly longer ranges at cruising speeds. However, longer wings require greater stabilization, which incre
"21.07.2014 19:39:55" appel.nasa.gov Government Brief: GAO Calls for Best Practices in U.S. Space Launch Enterprise | APPEL – Academy... Recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) testimony to Congress identified a need for best practices to enhance future U.S. launch vehicle development efforts. On July 16, 2014, Cristina Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management for the GAO, stated that given the high-risk nature of launch vehicle development efforts, incorporating disciplined practices and lessons learned into the Department
"16.07.2014 12:37:19" A North American Rockwell Corporation artist's concept depicting the Apollo Command Module (CM), oriented in a blunt-end-forward attitude, re-entering Earth's atmosphere after returning from a lunar landing mission. Note the change in color caused by
"16.07.2014 12:27:35" twitter.com NASA Kennedy / KSC (NASAKennedy) on Twitter The latest from NASA Kennedy / KSC (@NASAKennedy). Official Tweets from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Florida, USA In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, NASA's Kennedy Space Center is currently live tweeting the launch in real time.
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"11.07.2014 14:09:22" "Validating rapid prototypes of innovative concepts through analog field tests has greatly advanced NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s understanding of more effective methods for human space exploration. In addition, the process h
"10.07.2014 14:41:56" appel.nasa.gov How to Create a Conversation with a Mars Mission | NASA APPEL Effectively telling the story of a NASA mission means connecting the audience, the storyteller, and the project team in a conversation. Learn what Veronica McGregor, Media Relations Manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), did back in 2012 to help share NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover's mission to Mars.
"08.07.2014 15:58:21" appel.nasa.gov Lessons Learned Support a Successful Launch | NASA APPEL Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) launched into its targeted orbit on July 2, 2014, giving NASA a second chance to answer critical questions about atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). “This is the next step in an important journey…for all of us that live on this planet today, and for future generations. This mission is going to deliver so much information. I can’t wait to work with the scientists and to complete that aspect of the
"04.07.2014 16:00:00" Our emotion exactly. Happy 4th of July everyone!
John Young saluting the flag while jumping! Apollo 16 Lunar Module (LM) Orion and the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) are in the background.
Photo Credit: NASA/Charlie Duke.
"03.07.2014 15:00:01" appel.nasa.gov Tales from a Five-Sided Building | APPEL - Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership Tales from a Five-Sided Building August 12, 2013 What is it like to work at the Pentagon? From November 2012 to April 2013, I was fortunate enough to do a six-month "detail" there. I worked in a policy office within the Office of the Secretary of Def "The fact that people move around so much at DoD, perhaps combined with respect for hierarchy, yielded another notable organizational culture facet: a strong implicit emphasis on teamwork."
Read more from Stephen Garber's "Tales from a Five-Sided Bu
"02.07.2014 15:00:01" appel.nasa.gov Spaceport Innovators: Knowledge Sharing as the Gateway to Innovation | NASA APPEL Spaceport Innovators: Knowledge Sharing as the Gateway to Innovation In 1980 3M brought one of the most famous products in the company's history to market. The Post-it note became a breakout success and is today a staple of the modern office. How it "The survival of many organizations depends on innovation, and no organization’s future is more tied to innovation than NASA’s."
Read more from David Miranda's "Spaceport Innovators: Knowledge Sharing as the Gateway to Innovation": http://go.nasa.go
"01.07.2014 13:26:37" appel.nasa.gov Academy Brief: 2014 SELDP Class Graduates | NASA APPEL The critical roles of attitude and change were stressed throughout the graduation ceremony for the Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (SELDP) class of 2014. “Attitude is everything. When we speak about culture, we speak about attitude and mindset. People may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
~ Orlando Figueroa, former NASA senior executive and current ow
"30.06.2014 17:43:34" appel.nasa.gov Rendezvous with an Asteroid | NASA APPEL NEAR was the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, the first launch in NASA’s Discovery Program—and the first dedicated asteroid mission. The plan was to insert the vehicle into orbit around Eros, one of the larger near-Earth asteroids. Not everything went "NEAR was also the first mission with an open-data policy. Previous missions, like Galileo, had a one-year proprietary data period; investigators owned the data for that year and often were reluctant to let other people use it. We were the first miss
"27.06.2014 15:21:45" appel.nasa.gov APPEL in Academia: Highlighting the Role of Case Study-Based Learning | NASA APPEL Seven Axioms of Good Engineering: Development of a Case Study-Based Course for NASA has been accepted for presentation at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference. “Writing this paper allowed us to highlight the critical role that case study-based learning plays at NASA and to share our lessons learned with a wider audience.” ~ Roger C. Forsgren, APPEL Director.
Read the full "Seven Axioms of Good Engineering
"26.06.2014 13:45:26" appel.nasa.gov This Month in NASA History: WMAP Began to Transform Cosmology | NASA APPEL On June 30, 2001, a single-instrument probe launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a Delta II rocket and cracked open a precise and accurate window into the history of the universe. "Cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation measured by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was released very early on: roughly 375,000 years after the universe was formed. This meant that the image of the full sky captured by the missio
"25.06.2014 13:23:16" appel.nasa.gov Interview with Glenn Research Center’s Matthew Smith | NASA APPEL A love of systems thinking brought Matthew Smith to Glenn Research Center. Now GRC’s Rocket University program is letting him apply that thinking to a full project lifecycle. "We’re trying to develop our system so that if the payload comes down at an angle, or tumbles upon impact, the appropriate airbags deploy to protect the payload, but you don’t have all the airbags deploy. Because we’re looking at the reusability aspe
"20.06.2014 18:58:59" appel.nasa.gov Beyond the ISS | APPEL – Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership In September 1988, the United States, Canada, Japan, and ten member nations of the European Space Agency signed agreements that established what was originally the Space Station Freedom (SSF). In any partnership, common terms may have different meanings and context depending on the partners’ field of expertise, experience, and culture. Creating a common definition can help avoid confusion down the line.
Read more about challenges of inter
"19.06.2014 18:03:16" appel.nasa.gov Sharing NASA’s Science and Engineering Stories | NASA APPEL NASA’s Office of the Chief Scientist is on track to launch a science communications initiative designed to help the agency’s practitioners tell their stories. What is it that makes the stories told by scientists such as Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Col. Chris Hadfield particularly compelling and engaging? An initiative within NASA’s Office of the Chief Scientist seeks to address this question.
"18.06.2014 14:04:26" “Together, let us unleash the imagination of our people.” —President Obama on the importance of making and manufacturing.
Catch all the action from today's first-ever White House Maker Faire starting at 10am ET: http://wh.gov/maker-faire #NationOfMa Timeline Photos First-ever White House Maker Faire going on now: http://wh.gov/maker-faire #NationOfMakers
President Obama has proclaimed June 18, 2014 as National Day of Making saying, "I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, a
"18.06.2014 13:19:11" How will the James Webb Space Telescope see so far back in space and time?
Learn more from Amber Straughn, deputy project scientist for James Webb Space Telescope education and public outreach: http://go.nasa.gov/1iPzmQu
"17.06.2014 18:44:32" The APPEL website introduces the first comprehensive source for connecting NASA young professionals with their peers across the agency.
Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/1uBgTxm
Young professional Lealem Mulugeta performing an EVA at the Mars Des
"13.06.2014 17:50:59" Ames Research Center Tests World Cup Soccer Ball Scientists at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., are studying the aerodynamics of the Adidas Brazuca, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer ... “Sports provide a great opportunity to introduce the next generation of researchers to our field of aerodynamics by showing them something they can relate to,” said Rabi Mehta, chief of the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch at NASA Ames Research Cente
"12.06.2014 14:33:20" In 1 hr: Astronaut Mike Hopkins talks living & working in space at NASA Goddard. Watch on UStream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-educational Timeline Photos Have questions for Astronaut Mike Hopkins about living and working in space? Use #askNASA to ask questions. LIVE: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-educational
"12.06.2014 14:22:52" "As mission operations systems manager and co-chair of the ISS Ground-Segment Control Board, I’ve become aware of some of the challenges and subtleties of working successfully with our colleagues at the European Space Agency (ESA), the Jaxa - Japan A
"11.06.2014 17:47:24" ELK #1: Pulse of the Profession (Mark A. Langley) On June 5, 2012, the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer held its first "Engaging Leaders in Knowledge" event at Goddard Space Flight Center. Mark Langley,... The Project Management Institute's 2014 Pulse of the Profession® report key findings indicate that "projects and programs that are aligned to an organization’s strategy are completed successfully more often than projects that are misaligned (48% vs 7
"09.06.2014 15:53:18" NASA 2014 Sample Return Robot Challenge Eighteen teams of citizen inventors from across the globe will compete in the 2014 NASA Centennial Challenges Sample Return Robot Challenge June 11-13 on the... This week, NASA Technology will be hosting the 2014 NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). #SRRobot
"04.06.2014 20:55:49" On June 3, 1969, the last episode of Star Trek: The Original Series aired. Despite being cancelled after only three seasons, the show and the franchise it spawned have an immensely devoted following.
After a letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fan Timeline Photos
"03.06.2014 12:55:42" NASA's Glenn Research Center's Rocket University program is giving Kristen Bury her first shot at working with real flight hardware: http://go.nasa.gov/1jBjPnB
"I’ve never been through the entire project lifecycle in my career and I really wanted t
"29.05.2014 20:31:45" NASA Viz Community Scientists discover the first Earth-sized planet in its star’s habitable zone.
Read and watch more here: http://1.usa.gov/1nHkHNd
"29.05.2014 16:42:06" Masters with Masters 20 (Jim Erickson and Jan Chodas) On February 17, 2014, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Hoffman moderated a conversation between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Jim Erickson, Mars Science Lab... The latest Masters with Masters featured the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)'s #Mars Science Laboratory Manager Jim Erickson and Director of the Office of Safety and Mission Success Jan Chodas.
Watch and listen as they share their reflections on car
"22.05.2014 16:35:54" The Making of NASA's Global Selfie: 100+ Countries, Thousands of Photos
The 3.2 gigapixel Global Selfie mosaic, hosted by GigaPan, was made with 36,422 individual images that were posted to social media sites on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Timeline Photos Have you seen the #GlobalSelfie? Look at what you made, world!