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.
The President's speech opened a conference on the new course for NASA and the future of the U.S. in human spaceflight.
The Space Launch System (SLS) & Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) theme will develop the launch and spaceflight vehicles that will provide the initial capability for crewed exploration missions beyond LEO.
Exploration's Commercial Spaceflight theme creates incentives for commercial providers to develop and operate safe, reliable and affordable commercial systems to transport crew and cargo to and from the ISS and LEO.
The Exploration Research and Development (ERD) theme expands fundamental knowledge that is key to human space exploration, and develops advanced exploration systems that will enable humans to explore space in a more sustainable and affordable way.
08.19.10: NASA presented an overview of themes from industry responses to NASA's Commercial Crew Initiative RFI. NASA has addressed questions from the forum; responses, briefings and video are available.
09.20.10: NASA hosted a workshop with experts and key leaders in industry, academia, government, and the international community, to identify objectives for exploration missions to Near Earth Objects (NEOs).
05.26.10: NASA hosted an Exploration Enterprise workshop on May 25-26, with participants from industry, academia, and the U.S. government. Briefings and video are available.