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Why Do We Explore?
From the time of our birth, humans have felt a primordial urge to explore -- to blaze new trails, map new lands, and answer profound questions about ourselves and our universe.
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Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration
Recognizing the importance of delivering value to people on Earth, agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) conducted a dialog to share their views and lessons learned on the nature and significance of the benefits resulting from space exploration. The resulting paper describes the fundamental benefits that are expected to flow from continued investment in the missions and activities described in the Global Exploration Roadmap. While not intended as the final word on exploration's societal relevance, the paper reflects the strong commitment by space agencies to deliver benefits to society.
Just Released: Global Exploration Roadmap Update
NASA and 11 other ISECG member agencies have released an update to the 2011 Global Exploration Roadmap. The updated document reflects ongoing dialog and continued preparation for exploration beyond low-Earth orbit – beginning with the International Space Station (ISS) and expanding human presence throughout the solar system, leading to human missions to the surface of Mars.
The GER highlights the critical role of the International Space Station in preparing for deep-space exploration. It also demonstrates that the global community is working together on a space exploration strategic plan, with robotic and human missions to destinations that include near-Earth asteroids, the Moon and Mars.
Comments welcome! NASA is interested in obtaining feedback on the Global Exploration Roadmap. You are invited to submit your comments to: HQ-GER-Comments@mail.nasa.gov
About the International Space Exploration Coordination Group
Together with 13 other space agencies, NASA participates in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) to advance a long-range human space exploration strategy.
The ISECG is a voluntary, non-binding international coordination mechanism through which individual agencies may exchange information regarding interests, objectives, and plans in space exploration with the goal of strengthening both individual exploration programs as well as the collective effort.
ISECG was established in response to "The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination," developed by fourteen space agencies and released in May 2007. This GES Framework Document articulated a shared vision of coordinated human and robotic space exploration focused on Solar System destinations where humans may one day live and work.
The following space agencies are ISECG members (in alphabetical order): ASI (Italy), CNES (France), CNSA (China), CSA (Canada), CSIRO (Australia), DLR (Germany), ESA (European Space Agency), ISRO (India), JAXA (Japan), KARI (Republic of Korea), NASA (United States of America), NSAU (Ukraine), Roscosmos (Russia), UKSA (United Kingdom).
The ISECG is a non-binding forum, comprising 14 space agencies from around the world.
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NASA plans to host a workshop in early 2014 to engage the space community in discussions about the updates to the Global Exploration Roadmap.