NASA administrator Bill Nelson optimisitic about space exploration as commercial, government efforts collide

In his first month in the role, he is pushing what he says is one of the most ambitious and aggressive 科学 预算 in agency history, making strides in exploration with missions both in 空间 and on 地球.

White House’s spending proposal to Congress included a request of more than $ 24.8 billion for NASA in the 2022 财政年度, 与 9% funding increase to its science division.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Nelson said that the introduction ofhighly-sophisticated instruments” 像 three-dimensional climate modeling Earth Observatory System wouldgo beyond just 天气for the betterment of the planet.

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此外, 前者 佛罗里达 senator touted advancements in commercial spaceflight, noting that the way NASA operates hasalready changedbecause of companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin.

What we found is the commercial activity and low Earth orbit has been substantial and it has been very successful,” 他说. “The delivery of cargo and crew where NASA gives a fixed price contract – no cost overruns – to a commercial company to deliver, 在这种情况下, cargo and/or crew to the International Space Station, has been extremely successful and safe, I might add.

现在, the 78-year-old says, the question is regarding what the role is for commercial companies other than the relationship the organizations havealways hadwith NASA: development, 科技 and research under a NASA spearheaded program.

Nelson pointed out that the highly-anticipated Artemis Program’s human lunar lander demonstration marked an important step in the evolution of the relationship between NASA and commercial companies like SpaceX.

In this photo provided by NASA, Administrator Bill Nelson speaks during his first major address to employees, at the agency's headquarters in the Mary W. Jackson Building in Washington on Wednesday, 六月 2, 2021. He spoke about the plans for future Earth-focused missions to address climate change and a robotic and human return to the Moon through the Artemis program, as well as announcing two new planetary science missions to Venus – VERITAS and DAVINCI+. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

In this photo provided by NASA, Administrator Bill Nelson speaks during his first major address to employees, at the agency’s headquarters in the Mary W. Jackson Building in Washington on Wednesday, 六月 2, 2021. He spoke about the plans for future Earth-focused missions to address climate change and a robotic and human return to the Moon through the Artemis program, as well as announcing two new planetary science missions to Venus – VERITAS and DAVINCI+. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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