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NASA Looks to Help From Manufacturers to Explore Mars

By Bill Koenig – Senior Editor, Advanced Manufacturing Media

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA — NASA will need the help of its manufacturing contractors as the agency steps up exploration of Mars, an agency official said.

“A strong manufacturing base in needed,” Jordan Evans, deputy director for engineering and science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA), said today following a speech. “Those relationships are important. We can push them, they can push us.”

The feedback between NASA and its manufacturing contractors intensifies the closer to a launch, Evans said. 

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