Day of Action Deep Prep: Planetary Exploration

Planetary exploration is one of the three core enterprises of The Planetary Society, incorporating both human and robotic efforts. This deep prep lesson includes highlights from two reports released by the National Academies to provide guidance to policymakers, as well as The Planetary Society's own principles for human spaceflight. Working through this deep prep will increase the reader's expertise with recent political considerations driving planetary exploration policy in the United States.

Reading assignments

Goals for the reader

  • To understand the context, motivations, and major initiatives within NASA's human and robotic planetary exploration efforts

  • To reflect upon the major budgetary and political challenges for sending humans into deep space and to Mars

  • To integrate this knowledge with The Planetary Society's official stance on near-term human spaceflight goals

  • To have a basic grasp of the current state of NASA's human lunar exploration effort