The new division will be responsible for NASA's return to the moon program
Phoenix Network science and technology news On September 22, Beijing time, NASA (NASA) will split its space exploration and operations department into different departments. NASA said the change would help it focus its efforts at a time when more private companies are betting on commercial opportunities in space.
One of the new units will handle missions such as NASA's Artemis return to the moon, with a focus on longer-term work such as landing on Mars, NASA said. The other will manage space launch activities and operations, such as the International Space Station, as well as commercial activities in low Earth orbit.
NASA's role in some space-related activities is changing. NASA is seeking to cultivate a broader field of commercial spaceflight that it can use. Meanwhile, investors and entrepreneurs are betting on more business opportunities beyond earth. Instead of developing replacements for its retired space shuttles, for example, NASA has SpaceX run space station resupply missions for it, ferrying astronauts back and forth. (Author/Xiao Yu)
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