NASA explores the unknown in air and space, innovates for the benefit of humanity, and inspires the world through discovery.
For more than 50 years, NASA has been breaking barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible.
At its 20 centers and facilities across the country – and the only National Laboratory in space – NASA studies Earth, including its climate, our Sun, and our solar system and beyond. We conduct research, testing, and development to advance aeronautics, including electric propulsion and supersonic flight. We develop and fund space technologies that will enable future exploration and benefit life on Earth.
After 10 months of flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully impacted its asteroid target, the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space.
NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman
In 2023 and beyond, the agency will prepare for our future by exploring the secrets of the universe. All for the benefit of humanity.
NASA’s future will continue to be a story of human exploration, technology, and science. We will go back to the Moon to learn more about what it will take to support human exploration to Mars and beyond. We will continue to nurture the development of a vibrant low-Earth orbit economy that builds on the work done to date by the International Space Station. NASA engineers will develop new technologies to improve air transport at home and meet the challenges of advanced space exploration. Our scientists will work to increase an understanding of our planet and our place in the universe. We will continue to try to answer the question, “Are we alone?”
Illustration of the SpaceX Starship human lander design that will carry NASA astronauts to the Moon’s surface during the first Artemis crewed lunar landing.
A History of Innovation
Since its founding in 1958, NASA has pushed the boundaries of scientific and technical limits to explore the unknown.
When NASA opened for business on October 1, 1958, it accelerated the work already started on human and robotic spaceflight, and over the last 65 years it has continued to push the boundaries of aeronautics and space exploration. Now NASA is preparing to take humankind farther than ever before, as it helps to foster a robust commercial space economy near Earth, and pioneers further human and robotic exploration as we venture into deep space.
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet from the rover. This image was taken by the WASTON camera on the rover’s robotic arm on April 6, 2021.
Administrator Bill Nelson
Sen. Bill Nelson was sworn in as the 14th NASA Administrator on May 3, 2021, tasked with carrying out the Biden-Harris administration’s vision for the agency. Nelson served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years from Florida and as a payload specialist on space shuttle mission 61-C in 1986.
Col. (USAF, ret) Pam Melroy was sworn in as the NASA deputy administrator on June 21, 2021. Melroy performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the administrator, assists the administrator in making final agency decisions, and acts for the administrator in his absence.
Robert D. Cabana is a former NASA astronaut, currently serving as the agency's associate administrator, its third highest-ranking executive and highest-ranking civil servant. Before starting that position on May 17, 2021, Cabana was director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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