Driving Technological Innovation
NASA Science missions are engines of innovation, and NASA invests in technology development in each of its four Science areas: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. These technologies enable space missions of the future and also find myriad applications in the broader economy.
The importance of basic and applied research toward new technology creation and development is a fundamental NASA role. As such, it is a key component of the NASA Strategic Plan and of the Science Mission Directorate.