Nasa is embarking on a new era of space exploration in which humans will travel deeper into the solar system than ever before. The International Space Station is the centrepiece for space operations. Serving as a test bed for research and new technologies, the space station is a steppingstone toward future exploration destinations.
The commercial industry will transport cargo and eventually crew to the space station while Nasa focuses on developing the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Space Launch System, and advanced exploration systems that will enable a sustainable human presence to destinations such as the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and Mars.
Take a look at Nasa’s interactive feature to learn more about the future of human spaceflight…
Nasa has chosen the winners in the race to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. Read about them in PM’s December 2012 issue – on sale on 19 November.