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Small Steps, Giant Leaps

NASA’s technical workforce put boots on the Moon, tire tracks on Mars, and the first reusable spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. Learn what’s next as they build missions that redefine the future with amazing discoveries and remarkable innovations.

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Episode 129May 8, 2024

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Episode 129: Accelerating Discoveries with Open Science

In this episode, Dr. Chelle Gentemann, Open Science Program Scientist for the Office of the Chief Science Data Officer, explains NASA’s initiative to make science more collaborative, accessible, and inclusive. Known as Transform to Open Science, or TOPS, the program encourages increased access to research and data.

Episode 128Apr 24, 2024

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Episode 128: Engineering Inflatable Structures for Space

How inflatable habitats moved from concept papers to the International Space Station, and what NASA is doing to eventually put one on the Moon.

Episode 127Apr 3, 2024

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Episode 127: Chief Program Management Officer

Dave Mitchell brings extensive experience as an engineer and project manager to a new position leading a small team with the broad mandate of improving acquisitions and program and project management across NASA.

Episode 126Mar 20, 2024

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Episode 126: Gateway: The Logistics of an Outpost at the Moon

In this episode we’ll focus on Gateway, a small space station NASA is developing to place in orbit at the Moon. We’ll speak with Mark Wiese, who leads the team that will ensure Gateway will receive the cargo, equipment, and supplies it needs to support Artemis astronauts.