NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) missions, programs and projects are ensuring the United States will remain the world’s leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come, while making critical advances in aerospace, technology development and aeronautics.
Here are 6 critical projects that NASA is currently working on that will boost humanity to the future.
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1. Journey to Mars
NASA is designing and building capabilities to send humans farther into the solar system than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars. On this Journey to Mars, NASA is developing the most advanced rocket and spacecraft ever designed. NASA’s Orion spacecraft will carry four astronauts to missions beyond the moon, launched from Florida aboard the Space Launch System (SLS) — an advanced heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.
2. International Space Station
The human Journey to Mars begins some 250 miles overhead, as astronauts aboard the International Space Station are working off the Earth for the Earth. The space station’s microgravity environment makes research possible that can’t be achieved on Earth, leading to breakthroughs in understanding Earth, space and physical and biological sciences.
By studying astronauts living in space for six months or more — including two who were there for nearly a year — NASA is learning how future crews can thrive on longer missions into the solar system, including round-trip journeys to an asteroid and Mars.