Beyond Earth


Stay connected with NASA's human exploration activities in and beyond low-Earth orbit.
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Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate

Leadership and management of NASA space operations related to human exploration in and beyond low-Earth orbit.
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Exploration Library

Find reports, briefings and materials from Human Exploration and Operations committees, conferences and forums.
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Exploration at NASA

NASA's Asteroid Initiative has two main parts: a mission to identify, robotically capture, and redirect a small asteroid into a stable lunar orbit; and a grand challenge to promote global collaboration in finding all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them.
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This is the beginning of a new era in space exploration where we will build the capabilities to send humans deeper into space than ever before.
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This report articulates NASA's multi-destination human space exploration strategy using a capability-driven approach.
› Voyages: Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration

Why Do We Explore?

The sun beyond Earth's horizon with part of ISS showing
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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