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... In this regard, NASA has a dual mission-in space and the atmosphere portions of which are overlapping. NASA's space mission is to conduct activities on behalf of the people of the United States in collaboration with other nations, to: · explore the solar system and study its planetary processes, including, as appropriate, those governing the Earth, for the benefit of humankind · pursue a program of fundamental scientific research in space to expand human knowledge · plan and implement space technology programs and research into the use of the environment of space in order to provide for the continued advance of the national space capability and its exploitation for public and commercial purposes · and, to achieve these ends, create the capability for an expanded human presence in space and develop and assure the operation of launch and space vehicles.
From page 85...
... , with the long-term goal of human exploration of Mars, preceded by a modified Space Station which emphasizes life sciences, an exploration base on the Moon, and robotic precursors to Mars (Recommendations 4, 5, 6 and 7~; · a significantly expanded technology development activity, closely coupled to space mission objectives, with particular attention devoted to engines (Recommendation 8~; · a robust space transportation system (Recommendation 9~. Principal Recommendations Concerning Programs With regard to program content, it is recommended that: · the strategic plan for science currently under consideration be implemented (Recommendation 2~; · a revitalized technology plan be prepared with strong input from the mission offices, and that it be funded (Recommendation 81; · Space Station Freedom be revamped to emphasize life sciences and human space operations, and include microgravity research, as appropriate.
From page 86...
... It is considered by the Committee that the internal organization of any institution should be the province of, or at the discretion of, those bearing ultimate responsibility for the performance of that institution. IMPROVING NASA 'S TECHNOLOGY FOR SPACE SCIENCE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON SPACE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY PLANNING NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, 1993 Summary and Recommendations 1.
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