Now we are designing a workshop among units in two different directorates. In addition to Space Biology and the Human Research Program, this new workshop will include Astrobiology and Planetary Protection.
Together these four units compose the Life Sciences Capability Research Team. The Team is focused on two key questions:
- Does NASA have the proper Life Sciences Research capability to efficiently execute current and future missions?
- If not, what corrective measures are needed?
The Team has begun exploring the following:
- Present Capabilities
- What capabilities do we have now?
- What capabilities do we need now?
- Does current technical capacity match current demand?
- How much overlap/resiliency/redundancy exists now across the centers?
- Future Capabilities Beyond the International Space Station
- What capabilities do we need for future missions?
- How sensitive are capability needs to choice of roadmap, mission architecture, etc.?
- How does projected capacity match projected demand?
- How much overlap/resiliency/redundancy is planned across the centers?
- What collaborations across field centers or programs within each capability would be beneficial?
- What collaborations across field centers or programs and betweencapabilities would be beneficial?
- What collaborations with external organizations would be beneficial?
We will focus our workshop on building out collaborations.
We have organized the workshop as follows: