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NASA to visit UAF

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Alaska Space Grant is hosting Jason Crusan, Director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems. He will be giving a talk next Thursday in Duckering 531.

The Next Era of Human Space Exploration

After broadening horizons, enhancing knowledge, and improving lives through pioneering missions and research over the past six decades, NASA is reaching for new heights. First, the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, soon will launch the Orion spacecraft and its crew deeper into space than ever before. NASA also is seeking to increase commercial development of space while accelerating deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions of the future.

The agency recently unveiled exciting plans to send humans beyond Earth orbit even farther into the solar system, and Jason Crusan will discuss details about the deep space infrastructure and spacecraft at the heart of this effort. Expanding humanity’s presence in the universe requires advancements in the habitats and systems that will keep astronauts safe as they live, work, and travel in deep space for long periods. NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems division is leading innovative approaches and public-private partnerships that will rapidly develop prototype systems, advance key capabilities, and validate operational concepts for the next era of human space exploration and discovery.

Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA Headquarters