This report articulates NASA's multi-destination human space exploration strategy using a capability-driven approach. NASA is ensuring that the United States fosters a safe, robust, affordable, sustainable, and flexible space program that is independent of dynamic political and economic changes.
By developing a set of core evolving capabilities instead of specialized, destination-specific hardware, NASA's innovative, capability-driven approach challenges the way we think about human space exploration and sets the stage for a new era of discovery. As we expand human presence throughout the solar system, we increase our scientific knowledge, enable technological and economic growth, and inspire global collaboration and achievement.
These new, evolvable capabilities represent the foundation of NASA's new approach, and future human space exploration. The capabilities provide specific functions that solve exploration challenges and will allow us to advance human presence into our solar system. The International Space Station is a vital component in this new strategy; NASA and its partners will continue to utilize the space station for exploration technology demonstrations, tests, and experiments.
As core capabilities in transportation, operations, and habitation evolve, they will allow NASA the flexibility to conduct increasingly complex missions to a range of destinations beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), including cis-lunar space, near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), the moon, and Mars and its moons.