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Michael Braukus
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1979)

July 30, 2004
RELEASE : 04-248
NASA Investigators Selected For Human And Robotic Technology
NASA's Office of Exploration Systems has selected the proposals of 50 NASA investigators from its ten field centers to support the human and robotic technology goals and objectives of the Vision for Space Exploration. Total value of the work is approximately $570 million through fiscal year 2008.

"The Office of Exploration Systems was created to assist the agency in achieving its new strategic direction of establishing human and robotic space exploration as its primary goal," said Associate Administrator Rear Adm. Craig E. Steidle, USN (Ret.) "The selection of these investigators and the technologies they have proposed will help NASA meet the challenging goals and objectives of leaving low-Earth orbit and returning to the moon and then Mars. These technologies may also benefit our lives on Earth much like the Apollo missions led to the development of medical diagnostic tools such as the CT scan."

The selection was made in response to an intramural call for proposals and is the first of several steps towards developing new partnerships among NASA, industry and academia. The Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) investment portfolio resulting from these partnerships will have a positive affect on future exploration missions. The selected proposals support the following H&RT programs: Advanced Space Technology Program, Technology Maturation Program, and Innovative Technology Transfer Partnerships Program.

For the names of the winning proposals and more information about Exploration Systems on the Internet, visit:

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