Vision, Mission, and Goals
We will be at the forefront of exploration and
science. We will develop and transfer to industry cutting-edge technologies
in aeronautics and space to fulfill our national needs. We will establish a
permanent human presence in space, expanding and sustaining human exploration,
use, and development of space in our solar system and providing benefits in
science, technology, and commerce that will contribute to a better life on the
Earth for this and future generations. As we pursue our mission, we will
enrich our Nation's society and economy. We will communicate widely the
content, relevancy, and excitement of NASA's missions and discoveries to
inspire and to increase understanding and the broad application of science and
In the longer term, it is our goal to undertake bold and noble challenges and
to share the excitement of NASA's future programs with our fellow citizens.
Our long-term goals include conducting international human missions to
planetary bodies in our solar system such as the Moon and Mars; enabling
advances to air and space systems to support "highways in the sky," "smart
aircraft," and revolutionary space endeavors; supporting the maturation of
established aeronautics and space industries and the development of new
high-tech industries; enabling humans to forecast and assess the health of the
Earth system; and establishing a virtual presence throughout our solar system.
NASA's Strategic Roadmap defines the near-, mid-, and long-term goals we will
achieve in NASA's three mission areas over the next 25 years and beyond. The
Roadmap above represents the overarching Agency goals. Similar roadmaps have
been included in each Strategic Enterprise section to present the more
detailed goals they will achieve during this same timeframe.
The NASA Team
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is composed of a diverse
group of men and women at NASA Headquarters and the Agency's 10 field
installations around the country. NASA, however, does not accomplish its
mission alone, but in partnership with large and small contractors, members of
the academic community, other Federal, State, and local agencies, and other
space agencies from nations around the globe. Together, these entities form a
comprehensive, highly skilled team that is dedicated to providing
high-quality, technologically superior products and services to its customers.
NASA's highly skilled workforce, including scientists, engineers, technicians,
and administrative and support professionals, and our world-class facilities
represent the backbone of the Nation's civil research and development
capabilities in aeronautics and space.