Monday, May 23, 2022

Public Comments Due May 31: NASA Plans to Explore Moon & Mars

These two photographs show a side-by-side comparison of the sizes of the planets Earth (on left) and Mars (on right). Now, NASA seeks input on future Deep Space exploration, particularly human exploration of the Moon and Mars.

[Image Sources: NASA (image of Earth), European Space Agency (image of Mars),, By Earth: NASA/Apollo 17 crew; Mars: ESA/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA - File:The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpgFile:OSIRIS Mars true color.jpg, Public Domain,}

By Glenn A. Walsh

Reporting for SpaceWatchtower

Last week (on 2022 May 17), NASA released a draft document containing a set of high-level objectives regarding future human exploration of the Moon and Mars. NASA is seeking input from U.S. industry, academia, international communities, NASA employees, and other stakeholders, as well as the general public, regarding these objectives; comments are due to NASA by May 31.

The NASA draft document identifies 50 proposed objectives, within four major categories:

  1. Transportation and Habitation

  2. Moon and Mars Infrastructure

  3. Operations

  4. Science

An Internet link to the draft NASA document can be found near the end of this blog-post. Another Internet link to provide NASA with public comments can also be found near the end of this blog-post.

“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 NASA 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 as well as areas where our goals align with those from industry and international partners for future collaboration.”

This project is being 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, NASA 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.”

Feedback on the draft document will be discussed at two NASA-sponsored stakeholder workshops. The first in June will be with NASA partners in American industry and academia. The second workshop in July will be with international organizations.

NASA Draft Document of 50 Objectives:

Link >>>

Public comments will be accepted at the following NASA web-site. Public comments are due to NASA by the end of the business day on Tuesday Afternoon, 2022 May 31:

Link >>>

Internet Links to Additional Information ---

NASA News Release on this project: Link >>>

NASA Artemis Program to Return Humans to the Moon:

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Link 2 >>>

Moon: Link >>>

Mars: Link >>>

Source: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss

                 Monday, 2022 May 23.

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