WHAT IS HEDS?
The Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) is NASA's
Strategic Enterprise that encompasses NASAs programs of human space
flight. The goals
of the HEDS are to:
- Increase human knowledge of nature's processes using the space environment
- Explore and settle the Solar System
- Achieve routine space travel
- Enrich life on Earth through people living and working in Space
This endeavor currently is represented in NASA by several programs:
- The Office of Space Flight
is responsible for developing and operating the Space Shuttle and the International
- The Office of Life and
Microgravity Sciences conducts research on the effects of the space
environment on humans and on utilizing human space flight opportunities
to conduct scientific and technological experiments in the life sciences
and materials sciences.
- The Office
of Space Sciences conducts robotic flight missions which prepare the
way to the Moon, Mars, and elsewhere for human explorers who will follow.
All three offices are working to develop an integrated approach to the
human exploration and development of space. The Enterprise is a long-term
affair, which will encompass ground-based research, space flight experimentation,
and exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit. Link to an update on current
programmatic thrusts of HEDS (Modification date).
The Exploration Office at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas,
is the lead office for the post-space shuttle/space station elements of
the HEDS program. Emphasis
at this time is on the robotic and human exploration of the Moon and Mars.
Offices at most NASA Centers are also involved. Click on the center to discover
what its roles are in the HEDS enterprise:
- Lewis Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
- Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
- Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
- Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA)
- Ames Research Center (Moffet Field, CA)