Over the three plus decades that followed, however, this focus gradually weakened. In January 2004, President George Bush renewed NASA's focus on space exploration (O'Keefe, 2004).
In February 2005, NASA (2005) published The New Age of Exploration: NASA's Direction for 2005 and Beyond. This document retains the essentials of the organization's earlier mission statement and vision statement, although some of the earlier elements have been modified or shifted between statements. The latest NASA mission statement and vision statement are as follows (NASA, 2005):
Vision Statement: To improve life here, To extend life to there, To find life beyond.
Mission Statement: To understand and protect our home planet, To explore the universe and search for life, To inspire the next generation of explorers a As only NASA can.
NASA's goals and objectives enumerated in The New Age of Exploration: NASA's Direction for 2005 and Beyond (2005) are based on the organization's vision statement and mission statement as those statements are presented in the preceding section of this paper. With respect to goals NASA stated the following (O'Keefe, 2004):
The fundamental goal of NASA is to advance the scientific, security, and economic interests of the United States through a robust space exploration program. In support of this fundamental goal, NASA will pursue the following goals:
Implement a sustained and affordable human and robotic program to explore the solar system and beyond;
Extend human presence across the solar system, starting with a human return to the Moon by the year 2020, in preparation for human exploration of Mars and other destinations;
Develop the innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures both to explore and to support decisions about the destinations for human exploration; and
Promote international and commercial participation in exploration to further U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests.<...
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