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For nine years in a row, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been rated the best place to work in government. It is sending people back to the moon and eventually to Mars.

  • Col. Pam Melroy (USAF, ret.), deputy administrator of NASA, said the Apollo program proved going to the moon was possible but that the new mission will involve a lengthy stay to prepare for a future Mars landing.
  • Karla Smith Jackson, senior procurement executive and deputy chief acquisition officer at NASA, said the organization is focusing on collaborating with industry partners and looking for innovative ways to make payments and offset their costs for the long term.
  • Melroy said President Biden’s proposed 2022 budget supports a return to the moon and that NASA is working on laying in a 20-year plan to get to Mars with an aligned acquisition strategy.
  • Jackson said NASA is stacking the rocket now, plans to launch by the end of the year and is trying to reduce cost so the price per launch can go down.

*Correction to video: text should say 2024, not 2026.

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