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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released the first National Cislunar Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy.

A November 17 White House fact sheet on the strategy notes that in the decade ahead, NASA estimates that human activity in cislunar space will be “equal to or exceed all that has occurred in this region since the Space Age began in 1957. Many more countries and other actors are planning to travel to this new sphere of human activity.”

Key objectives

The National Cislunar S&T Strategy addresses future opportunities and lays out four key S&T objectives:

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— Support research and development to enable future growth in Cislunar space. American technological endeavors begin with a positive, expansive vision of the future, led by a diverse science and engineering workforce.

— Expand international S&T cooperation in Cislunar space. International S&T cooperation can foster peace, develop responsible practices, and create the foundations for new institutions to enable enduring human and robotic presence in Cislunar space.

— Extend U.S. space situational awareness capabilities into Cislunar space. Space situational awareness enables transparency and safe operations for all entities operating in Cislunar space. This objective also contributes to early warning for potentially hazardous asteroids.

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— Implement Cislunar communications and positioning, navigation, and timing capabilities with scalable and interoperable approaches. Communications and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) are the common information capabilities needed for all activities in Cislunar space, including in Lunar orbit and on the Lunar surface.

To access the fact sheet, go to:

To access the full White House report, go to:


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