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Task force assesses goals for human exploration and development of Moon and Mars

This kind of cooperation between NASA and groups like the National Space Society is the essence of citizen advocacy for space.

— Dale Skran, NSS COO

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 27, 2022 / — On June 28 and 29, 2022, a delegation from the National Space Society (NSS) was invited to present at NASA’s “Moon to Mars Objectives Workshop” at Space Center Houston, adjacent to Johnson Space Center. Attendees of the two-day event included representatives from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, Science Mission Directorate, Exploration Systems Development Directorate, and Space Operations Mission Directorate. .

“This kind of cooperation between NASA and groups like the National Space Society is the essence of citizen space advocacy,” said Dale Skran, chief operating officer of the NSS. “We have worked to advance human presence in space and to help NASA and others return the benefits of these efforts to everyone on Earth. This meeting of leaders in space defense and important NASA officials is a vital step forward for everyone involved.”

NSS subject matter experts included Dr. Rick Jenet, Founder and Executive Director of Expanding Frontiers and NSS Chapter Board Member; John Strickland, NSS board member and author of “Developing Space” and “Settling Space”; Dr. Gregory Stanley, President of Performity LLC and Vice President of NSS North Houston Chapter; and David Cheuvront, retired NASA engineer, commercial space adviser and member of the NSS Policy Committee. David Huntsman of the Space Development Alliance and also a former NASA engineer provided strong support for the presentation.

The NSS team discussed accelerating commercial space development and increasing private investment, the creation and use of space infrastructure, and the near future use of space-derived resources to pursue NASA’s space exploration and development goals with a sustainable economy.

The involvement of the NSS has resulted not only in recommendations to various NASA directorates, but also in a better understanding of how non-profit civilian organizations like the National Space Society can better work with NASA to identify and improve the coordination of technological development for the benefit of the United States and our planet as a whole. NSS priorities for space development encompass many goals, including the identification and extraction of extraterrestrial resources, human expansion into the solar system, protection of Earth from asteroid impacts, and, possibly, be most urgent, climate change mitigation through clean and carbon-free technologies. solar energy generated in space and sent all over the planet.

The presentation of the NSS is downloadable in PDF format here. More information about the NSS and its activities around the world can be found on the NSS website. Finally, the NSS’s long-term plan for space development is presented in the downloadable Roadmap for Space Colonization.

The National Space Society was founded in 1987 by the merger of the National Space Institute, founded to promote citizen support for the American space program, and the L5 Society, based on the work of space colonization pioneer Gerard K. O’ Neill. The NSS is the primary citizen voice on the exploration, development and colonization of space. For more information, visit

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