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Johnson Space Center Director Discusses the State of NASA in Houston

Last week (June 2, 2016), SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk told a crowd at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that he anticipates a series of missions starting in 2018 that would lead up to the first manned mission to Mars in 2024. Musk will more formally announce his architecture for human missions to […]

Florian Martin, Houston Public MediaLast week (June 2, 2016), SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk told a crowd at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that he anticipates a series of missions starting in 2018 that would lead up to the first manned mission to Mars in 2024. Musk will more formally announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September.

With companies like SpaceX actively pursuing not just future low-earth orbital flights, but also pressing forward with plans for exploration of our solar system, will they work with or against NASA? And what does it all mean for Johnson Space Center and Houston?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Ellen Ochoa, a former astronaut and current director of the Johnson Space Center, about the state of NASA and the future of manned spaceflight — and its connection to Houston.

(Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)

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