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NASA Creates a New Mission in Its Quest for the Moon and Mars

NASA is splitting its human exploration operations into two as it prepares for a new era of deep-space journeys to the moon and Mars over the next few decades.

The agency plans to separate the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate into two areas, allowing greater focus on the unique challenges of serving the International Space Station and journeying farther out. NASA said in a statement Tuesday that the move was spurred by “increasing space operations in low-Earth orbit and development programs well underway for deep-space exploration.”