Mon, Jun 29, 2009
Project Is Part Of NASA's Celebration Of The 40th Anniversary
Of The Moon Landing
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the historic first moon
landing, NASA is seeking ideas from the public, academia, and
industry about how to analyze and catalog notes from spaceflight
pioneer Wernher von Braun into an electronic, searchable database
or other system.
Von Braun was the first director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala., and a key figure in the development of
the Saturn V rocket and NASA's Apollo program. NASA has a full
collection of "Weekly Notes" von Braun wrote during the 1960s and
1970s. These notes were used to track programmatic and
institutional issues at Marshall, and are considered by many
historians to be a valuable source of data.
NASA has issued a request for information and is looking for
concepts that will provide an innovative resource for agency
engineers and scientists, as well as researchers in academia and
industry. It is not a request for proposal or invitation to
Respondents are requested to provide information that addresses
how NASA should proceed with all or any subset of the
- How should NASA catalogue the Weekly Notes? Do you have
specific ideas on how to implement the approach or strategy?
- What format(s) should the Weekly Notes be available in?
- How should the Weekly Notes be indexed?
- What timeframe do you expect this work to require?
- What other strategies or approaches do you recommend that NASA
pursue that would contribute to successful cooperation between NASA
and other entities to create a successful and useful product from
the Weekly Notes? Could these notes form the basis for
understanding management best practices? Could engineering design
and operational considerations be derived from these notes? Could
these notes form the basis for formal classroom training?
NASA is planning several activities and events for the 40th
anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20. The events will
celebrate the Apollo Program, its accomplishments, and the benefits
to our lives today.
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