Op-Ed: Human Health Research, the Key to the Commercial Space Revolution

Published by on 04/20/2024 UTC

If one word can summarize the past five years of human spaceflight, it’s “commercialization.” The early 2020s have been defined by a dramatic shift in the way we think about space exploration, particularly as NASA moves beyond LEO to procure new capabilities for its groundbreaking Artemis program. In this time, a core tenet of NASA’s policy for the future has emerged: to enable an independent commercial economy in space, where recurring services drive continuous innovation and development. In this world, NASA is but one customer in a thriving space environment.

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