51 U.S. Code § 70502 - Exploration plan and programs
Exploration plan and programsThe Administrator shall—
construct an architecture and implementation plan for the Administration’s human exploration program that is not critically dependent on the achievement of milestones by fixed dates;
implement an exploration technology development program to enable lunar human and robotic operations consistent with section 20302(b) of this title, including surface power to use on the Moon and other locations;
conduct an in-situ resource utilization technology program to develop the capability to use space resources to increase independence from Earth, and sustain exploration beyond low-Earth orbit; and
pursue aggressively automated rendezvous and docking capabilities that can support the International Space Station and other mission requirements.