Astronauts, NASA Get New ‘Social’ Intranet

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has launched Spacebook, an employee intranet that encourages group collaboration and social bookmarking. The new site mimics Facebook, except that only employees of Goddard can access it.

The space agency is transitioning its civilian and contractor workforces from the current Shuttle program to the new Constellation program, which involves taking Americans back to the moon and possibly to Mars and beyond. Therefore, people issues — specifically succession planning, training and communication — are of utmost priority to NASA executives leading the transition, because the biggest lesson learned from the 1972 transition from the Apollo human spaceflight program to the shuttle program, executives say, was the importance of engaging and communicating with employees.

The new social network is expected to offer the ability to foster an environment of engagement and collaboration that makes each employee and the agency more effective.

If the Goddard strategy works, Spacebook could take off at other NASA installations. Kennedy Space Center, which stands to be the most impacted by the transition to Constellation, and Ames Research Center are currently piloting Spacebook.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has launched Spacebook, an employee intranet that encourages group collaboration and social bookmarking. The new site mimics Facebook, except that only employees of Goddard can access it.

The space agency is transitioning its civilian and contractor workforces from the current Shuttle program to the new Constellation program, which involves taking Americans back to the moon and possibly to Mars and beyond. Therefore, people issues — specifically succession planning, training and communication — are of utmost priority to NASA executives leading the transition, because the biggest lesson learned from the 1972 transition from the Apollo human spaceflight program to the shuttle program, executives say, was the importance of engaging and communicating with employees.

The new social network is expected to offer the ability to foster an environment of engagement and collaboration that makes each employee and the agency more effective.

If the Goddard strategy works, Spacebook could take off at other NASA installations. Kennedy Space Center, which stands to be the most impacted by the transition to Constellation, and Ames Research Center are currently piloting Spacebook.

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