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The Human Exploration and Operations Division (HEOD) manages international relations for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) and the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer (OCHMO) by providing program support for human exploration capabilities, exploration systems development, the International Space Station (ISS) program, space communications and navigation, launch services, advanced exploration systems, commercial space flight, human lunar exploration including Gateway, crew issues, space life and physical sciences research and applications, international safety, and crew health and medical matters.

Support includes providing policy guidance and recommendations on international issues and relationships with current and prospective foreign partners, drafting and negotiating international agreements, and supporting ongoing interaction with international partners for existing and future potential cooperative missions.

The ISS program, a partnership between Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States, requires significant international coordination of policy and program matters. HEOD serves as the executive secretariat for the ISS Multilateral Coordination Board and for the ISS Advisory Committee, a joint commission with the Roscosmos Advisory Expert Council.

HEOD is the lead division for international bodies affecting HEOMD, OSMA, and OCHMO, such as the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG). The division also leads agency relations with Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

For further information, please contact Patrick Finley (, Director of the Human Exploration and Operations Division.