NASA’s Decade in Space

On Earth and in space, NASA had a busy decade in the 2010s. Here are some of the agency’s milestones over the last 10 years

In its human spaceflight program, the agency retired the space shuttle and is now close to launching humans to space again, this time on commercial crew vehicles. NASA also changed its long-term destination for humans a few times; currently the agency is targeting the moon and Mars.

The decade started with turmoil for NASA’s human spaceflight program when President Barack Obama’s administration canceled the plans from President W. George Bush’s administration to bring astronauts to the moon under the Constellation program. (In 2009, a NASA advisory commission that had gathered to evaluate Constellation noted that the then-5-year-old program was over cost and behind schedule.)

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