Strategic Plan -- describes how NASA will implement its missions,
answer fundamental questions and achieve future goals.
- Astrobiology -- the
scientific study of the origin, distribution, and future of life in the
Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) -- A unique
aeronautical mission that will lead lead to a new family of remotely
piloted vehicles (RPVs). The RPVs will collect, identify and monitor
environmental data or carry telecommunications equipment at a fraction
of the cost of putting a traditional satellite in space.
- Day-to-Day Operations Transition to Private Sector
- previously operations programs managed by NASA, such as the Space
Shuttle, mission control and communications satellites are being
transitioned to the private sector.
- Discovery Program -- a
series of smaller, focused planetary missions with fast turn-around
times and low mission cost.
- Hubble Space Telescope
Repair Mission -- the space-based telescope is making revolutionary
astronomical discoveries following its dramatic repair.
- Intelligent Synthesis
Environment -- Conceives a fundamental change of the engineering
culture using real-time simulation to allow total immersion and
geographically distributed virtual presence and cut turn-around times
- Mars Exploration- a series
of orbiters and landers, including the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global
Surveyor, that will help us better understand the Red Planet.
- New Millennium Program -- an
ambitious plan to launch frequent, affordable missions with spacecraft
boasting revolutionary new capabilities and technologies, such as the
recently launched Deep Space 1.
- Origins Program -- a
series of space and ground-based observatories dedicated to research and
analyze the origin of life in the universe.
Launch Vehicle Program -- a NASA and industry partnership to design
a new generation of launch vehicles expected to dramatically lower the
costs and increase the reliability of access to space.
- Revitalized Earth Observing
System -- A series of earth observing satellites conducting
long-term global observations of the Earth's land surface, atmosphere,
oceans, and biosphere.
-- the joint American and Russian mission helped NASA astronauts learn
how to make long term space flight safer, conducted a hundred science
experiments during seven tours aboard Mir by U.S. astronauts, and in 3
years provided more time in space than the entire 17 years of shuttle
- National Space Biomedical Research
- National Center
for Microgravity Research
- National Institute for Advanced
- NASA ISO 9001
Certification -- Administrator Daniel S. Goldin challenged NASA in
November 1996 to have all the agency's facilities certified by September
1999. "We are leaders in the world of science and technology. We must
also be leaders in the world of quality. I am requiring that the Agency
be third-party certified in our key processes, by an internationally
recognized registrar, to ISO 9001. This commitment applies to all
centers and headquarters," said Goldin.
As of Sept. 17, 1999, all NASA centers, NASA Headquarters, the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory and all of NASA's government operated facilities
have achieved ISO 9001 registration or been recommended for
With this accomplishment, NASA became the world's first federal or
state agency with multiple sites to have all its sites under ISO 9001
registration. NASA Headquarters is among the first corporate
headquarters offices in the world to achieve its ISO 9001 registration.
The ISO 9001 standard is an internationally accepted set of topics
comprising the basic items needed to define and implement a "Quality
Management System" for an organization. An impartial auditor evaluates
the effectiveness and completeness of the quality management system
before recommending registration.