/NASA and US Space Force team up for planetary defense, moon trips and more

NASA and US Space Force team up for planetary defense, moon trips and more

Summary: NASA and the United States Space Force are banding together for the future of human spaceflight.

Original author and publication date: Chelsea Gohd – September 24, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s note: Science fiction is becoming reality (again!). Starfleet should be around the corner. (Their logos are quite similar)

From the article:

As the agency moves forward with its Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA is also working on its relationship with the newly-minted Space Force, which was formed Dec. 2019. Today (Sept. 22), NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NASA and the U.S. Space Force.

This agreement officially joins the two entities in collaboration with regard to “human spaceflight, U.S. space policy, space transportation, standards and best practices for safe operations in space, scientific research and planetary defense,” NASA said in a statement.

NASA and the Space Force have penned this MOU to “affirm a strong interest in continuing their longstanding partnership for mutually beneficial collaborative activities in furtherance of space exploration, scientific discovery, and security,” the MOU reads.

While NASA is focused on exploration, science and technology, the Space Force is a military operation. But while the two have very different missions and overall goals, “we share the same domain and we’re operating in the same environment. So there’s a lot of synergies, a lot of overlap,” Bridenstine said today during a Mitchell Institute virtual event.

“NASA and the military share a long history dating back to the late 1950s; there is power in our partnership,” Raymond said in the same statement.

“A secure, stable, and accessible space domain underpins our nation’s security, prosperity and scientific achievement. Space Force looks forward to future collaboration, as NASA pushes farther into the universe for the benefit of all.”

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