Exploration Library

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Speeches, Reports and Committees

Find reports and materials from Exploration committees, conferences, workshops and forums.

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Communications and Exhibits

NASA's Exploration Experience exhibit trailer

Find schedules for state tours of NASA traveling exhibits, or request a NASA speaker for an event.

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Education in Exploration

Materials to aid educators who want to use NASA in the classroom as part of their daily curriculum.

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Why We Explore

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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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    Advanced Capabilities Division

    The Advanced Capabilities Division (ACD) provides knowledge, technology and innovation that will enable current and future exploration missions, as outlined in NASA's Strategic Plan.

    The ACD programs and their projects provide knowledge as a result of ground-based research and technology development, research conducted in space, and observations from robotic flight missions. ACD also develops and matures advanced technology, integrates that technology into prototype systems, and transitions knowledge and technology to the Constellation Program. Through its activities, ACD provides operational and technical risk mitigation for Constellation Projects.

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In Depth

Human Research Program

Advanced Capabilities Division Human Research Program

Investigating and mitigating the highest risks to human health and performance in support of NASA exploration missions.

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Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program

Lunar Precursor Robotic Program

Supporting America's return to the Moon by executing lunar robotic missions to provide a global topographic lunar map.

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Exploration Technology Development Program

Exploration Technology Development Program

New technologies that will enable NASA to conduct future human exploration missions.

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