51 U.S. Code § 20301 - General responsibilities

§ 20301.
General responsibilities
(a)Programs.—The Administrator shall ensure that the Administration carries out a balanced set of programs that shall include, at a minimum, programs in—
human space flight, in accordance with section 20302 of this title;
aeronautics research and development; and
(3) scientific research, which shall include, at a minimum—
robotic missions to study the Moon and other planets and their moons, and to deepen understanding of astronomy, astrophysics, and other areas of science that can be productively studied from space;
Earth science research and research on the Sun-Earth connection through the development and operation of research satellites and other means;
support of university research in space science, Earth science, and microgravity science; and
research on microgravity, including research that is not directly related to human exploration.
(b)Consultation and Coordination.—In carrying out the programs of the Administration, the Administrator shall—
consult and coordinate to the extent appropriate with other relevant Federal agencies, including through the National Science and Technology Council;
(2) work closely with the private sector, including by—
encouraging the work of entrepreneurs who are seeking to develop new means to launch satellites, crew, or cargo;
contracting with the private sector for crew and cargo services, including to the International Space Station, to the extent practicable;
using commercially available products (including software) and services to the extent practicable to support all Administration activities; and
encouraging commercial use and development of space to the greatest extent practicable; and
involve other nations to the extent appropriate.
(Pub. L. 111–314, § 3, Dec. 18, 2010, 124 Stat. 3355.)

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


42 U.S.C. 16611(a).

Pub. L. 109–155, title I, § 101(a), Dec. 30, 2005, 119 Stat. 2897.


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