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White Sands’ Standard Parts Database for Pressure Vessels

White Sands Test Facility created a comprehensive Standard Parts Database for pressure vessel information. Hear how the database has increased safety at the facility. 

NASA's Meteoroid Work

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Bill Cooke, lead of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office (MEO), provides expert insight on the agency's meteoroid work in this series of Knowledge Bytes.

  • The Meteoroid Environments Office — What MEO does, its responsibilities and the challenges that it faces
  • Meteor Shower Forecasting — How forecasting works and how it helps protect astronauts and spacecrafts
  • The Chelyabinsk Fireball — Background on the fireball that appeared over Russia in 2013 and how it demonstrated the danger of smaller meteorites
  • The Leonid Meteor Storms — How the Leonid meteor showers of 1998-2002 led to the development of meteor shower forecasting
  • Photographing the Lyrid Meteors From the International Space Station — The story of an astronaut on the International Space Station who photographed the Lyrid meteors
  • The Sky Fireball Camera Network — What the network is, how it works, the information it provides and the types of cameras involved.

Orbital Debris

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In this series, Nick Johnson, NASA's former chief scientist for Orbital Debris (OD), discusses orbital debris work at NASA. 

  • Changing Minds: Educating People on Requirement Changes — The challenges that accompany requirement changes and what it takes to overcome them
  • Operation Burnt Frost — Johnson's experience with the operation that intercepted a defunct satellite falling back to Earth
  • History of Orbital Debris — NASA's past OD work including the creation of national and international standards of practice
  • Future of Orbital Debris — What Johnson sees as the future for the agency's OD work
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