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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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Exploration Enterprise Workshop

    NASA presenters at the Exploration Enterprise Workshop

    Panel Q&A on Day 1 of the Exploration Enterprise Workshop. Image credit: NASA

    May 25 - 26, 2010
    Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center
    Galveston, TX

    The first day of the conference provided an overview of NASA's "point of departure" plans for technologies and missions, serving as a starting point for further refinement. Briefings from Day 1 and the Flagship Technology Demonstrations on Day 2 are available here in PDF format, and Day 1 videos are also available for viewing - links are in the schedule below.

    Breakout sessions on the second day of the conference focused on specific plans for maturing technologies, conducting flight demonstrations, and building commercial capabilities. In preparation for the event, several requests for information (RFI) were released for discussion at the conference.


    On Feb. 1, 2010, the President released the FY 2011 Budget Request. The budget proposes several exciting new programs that seek to foster a sustainable human space exploration enterprise. NASA will host an Exploration Enterprise Workshop that brings together a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia and the U.S. federal government to discuss these changes.

    The Agency has completed the initial phase of planning for the new technology and robotic programs and will provide insight into the progress to date. The open workshop will also encourage participants to engage in discussions related to strategy building, development, and the implementation of the new plans for human and robotic exploration in space. The objectives are to:
    • Convey progress in planning toward the new programs
    • Discuss proposed program assignments
    • Solicit feedback, ideas and suggestions from interested parties
    • Prepare for the next steps once the new programs are implemented

Workshop Presentations

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