NASA and US Space Force team up for planetary defense, moon trips and more



a close up of a sign: NASA and the Space Force have teamed up to sign a memorandum of understanding.


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NASA and the Space Force have teamed up to sign a memorandum of understanding.

NASA and the United States Space Force are banding together for the future of human spaceflight. 

As the agency moves forward with its Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA is also working on its relationship with the newly-minted Space Force, which was formed Dec. 2019. Today (Sept. 22), NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NASA and the U.S. Space Force. 

This agreement officially joins the two entities in collaboration with regard to “human spaceflight, U.S. space policy, space transportation, standards and best practices for safe operations in space, scientific research and planetary defense,” NASA said in a statement. 

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