Update: NASA Seeks Comments on Moon to Mars Objectives by June 3
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --
Editor's Note: NASA has extended the comment period on its Moon to Mars Objectives to 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 3. Comments were previously set to close on Tuesday, May 31. While the agency is working on a tight deadline to finalize the objectives this fall, numerous respondents requested additional time to provide higher quality feedback The agency still intends to invite select participants to its workshops this summer to include the first event in June as originally planned.
As NASA moves forward with plans to send astronauts to the Moon under Artemis missions and prepare for human exploration of Mars, the agency is calling on U.S. industry, academia, international communities, and other stakeholders to provide input on its deep space exploration objectives.
NASA released a draft set of high-level objectives Tuesday, May 17, identifying 50 points falling under four overarching categories of exploration, including transportation and habitation; Moon and Mars infrastructure; operations; and science.
"The feedback we receive on the objectives we have identified will inform our exploration plans at the Moon and Mars for the next 20 years," said Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. "We're looking within NASA and to external stakeholders to help us fine-tune these objectives and be as transparent as possible throughout our process. With this approach, we will find potential gaps in our architecture s well as areas where our goals align with those from industry and international partners for future collaboration."
At this time, no formal request for information or other procurement activity is anticipated for this effort, which is managed by a team in the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
"These objectives will move us toward our first analog Mars mission with crew in space and prepare us for the first human mission to the surface of the Red Planet," said Jim Free, associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate. "After reviewing feedback on the objectives, we will work with our partners to discuss input and finalize our framework this fall."
The agency will host two stakeholder workshops to discuss feedback on the draft objectives. The first is planned for June with partners from American industry and academia, who will be invited based on NASA's interest in their feedback to the objectives, followed by a second workshop in July with international organizations.
Comments are also being solicited from the NASA workforce to contribute to the updated objectives through internal agency processes.
The agency is inviting broad input to its objectives from various stakeholders and identify collaboration opportunities, technology needs, and areas of scientific importance while pinpointing potential gaps and risks to its Moon to Mars architecture. Ultimately, through this cooperative and resilient objectives-focused approach, the agency aims to integrate with partner efforts, reduce the overall costs to the American taxpayer, and better adjust to changes in funding.
A list of the full 50 objectives and a glossary is available online at:
Public comments are being accepted online until June 3 at:
Learn more about NASA's Moon to Mars strategy in this presentation:
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