Lunar and Planetary Institute
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NASA Unveils Global Exploration Strategy and Lunar ArchitectureNASA Unveils Global Exploration Strategy and
Lunar Architecture

December 4, 2006
Source:  NASA

HOUSTON — NASA on Monday unveiled the initial elements of the Global Exploration Strategy and a proposed U.S. lunar architecture, two critical tools for achieving the nation’s vision of returning humans to the Moon.

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale, who is guiding the long-term strategy development effort among 14 of the world’s space agencies, said, “This strategy will enable interested nations to leverage their capabilities and financial and technical contributions, making optimum use of globally available knowledge and resources to help energize a coordinated effort that will propel us into this new age of discovery and exploration.”

The Global Exploration Strategy focuses on two overarching issues:  why we are returning to the Moon, and what we plan to do when we get there. The strategy includes a comprehensive set of the reasons for embarking upon human and robotic exploration of the Moon. NASA’s proposed lunar architecture focuses on a third issue:  how humans might accomplish the mission of exploring the Moon.

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