(AES) Advanced Exploration Systems

Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) is a program within NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) that is responsible for developing technologies and capabilities that will enable human exploration beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) and support deep space missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. AES includes projects that focus on developing new spacecraft systems, habitats, in-situ resource utilization, and other technologies that will enable sustainable and safe human exploration. The goal of AES is to advance human space exploration capabilities, increase our understanding of the solar system, and advance scientific knowledge for the benefit of humanity.