The Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) is NASA's Strategic Enterprise that encompasses NASA’s programs of human space flight. The goals of the HEDS are to:

This endeavor currently is represented in NASA by several programs:

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: