Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA's 2014 Highlights
In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency's journey to Mars - testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries - while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe, and making progress on the next generation of air travel. "We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding contracts to American companies who will return human space flight launches to U.S. soil, advancing space technology development; and successfully completing the first flight of Orion, the next deep space spacecraft in which our astronauts will travel," says NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We moved forward on our work to create quieter, greener airplanes and develop technologies to make air travel more efficient; and we advanced our study of our changing home planet, Earth, while increasing our understanding of others in our solar system and beyond."