Terrence Fong, Illah Nourbakhsh
In January 2004, NASA established a new, long-term exploration program to support the President's "Vision for U.S. Space Exploration." The primary goal of this program is to establish a sustained human presence in space, beginning with robotic missions to the moon in 2008, followed by extended human expeditions to the moon as early as 2015. Moreover, the program places significant emphasis on the development of joint human-robot systems: NASA will send human and robotic explorers as partners, leveraging the capabilities of each where most useful. Robotic explorers will visit new worlds first, to obtain scientific data, assess risks to…
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