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NASA sets a new date for the launch of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft

NASA facilitates access to space by addressing social and economic barriers

NASA is taking steps to create more space-related opportunities, including those in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, amid a broader push to improve racial equality in the federal government, according to a report. engaged.

The agency says its Equity Action Plan will allow it to track progress both internally and externally on improving diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

The plan includes four focus areas:

1 Increase the integration and benefit of contractors and companies from underserved communities and expand equity in the NASA procurement process

2 Promote grants and cooperative agreements to enhance opportunities, access, and representation for disadvantaged communities

3 Leverage Earth science and socioeconomic data to help mitigate environmental challenges in underserved communities

4 Promoting compliance with external civil rights and expanding access to limited English language populations within disadvantaged communities

Among the measures NASA plans to take to address these issues in underserved communities are more engagement events, increased networking and training, and more contracting opportunities for small businesses.

The agency also aims to address language barriers by updating its language access plan and expanding access for populations with limited English proficiency, starting with Spanish-language communications.

NASA plans to return to manned lunar landings in 2025, through a program Artemis As it plans to land a woman and a person of color on the Moon for the first time, it has drawn up a diverse shortlist of eligible astronauts for initial flights.

“At NASA, all of our missions depend on our unwavering commitment to equal opportunity,” said Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator. The Equity Plan deepens our commitment to continuing to identify and remove barriers to opportunity in underrepresented and disadvantaged communities.

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This framework establishes equity as a core component of every NASA mission to make the work we do in space and beyond accessible to all. “