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NASA needs to balance exploration and climate roles

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Significance

President Joe Biden, from the generation that remembers the Apollo moon landings, appears inclined to continue Artemis but will also boost NASA’s role in climate research.

Impacts

  • The Biden administration is maintaining the National Space Council as the coordinating body for space policy.
  • Pam Melroy, nominated as deputy NASA administrator, will add astronaut and industry experience to the top tier of the agency.
  • Both SpaceX and Blue Origin continue to make progress developing launch vehicles separately from NASA programmes.

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