April 17, 2014 | By Tamara Dietrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
The technologies needed to get humans deeper into space and safely on another planet are continuing apace, and will take financial commitments for years to come, a NASA official says.
But NASA’s partnerships with industry and academia to develop and hone those technologies will also reap benefits on this planet, as well, he said.
“A deep-space exploration mission is, in some ways, imminent,” Michael Gazarik said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters to give updates on developing technologies and upcoming missions that will eventually enable manned exploration — to an asteroid, Mars or the moon of another planet.
Gazarik is the associate administrator for space technology at NASA headquarters. The broad umbrella of his Space Technology Mission Directorate includes the Game Changing Development Office at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, headed up by Steve Gaddis.
Gaddis helped spotlight some of those game-changing technologies Tuesday when Sen. Tim Kaine visited the center for an informational tour. There, Kaine said he was committed to NASA’s proposed $17.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2015, and even to see it increased in future. Read more (+)