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Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office (PESTO)

Supporting the Planetary Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate

NASA’s Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office (PESTO) was created by the Planetary Science Division to recommend non-mission specific, non-nuclear investments in planetary technology; to manage those investments; to coordinate planetary-relevant technology investments across the agency; and to maximize technology infusion into specific missions.

Investment Strategy

Recommend technology investment strategy for future planetary science missions

Technology Management

Manage PSD technology development (non-mission specific, non-nuclear)


Coordinate planetary science-relevant technologies

  • Within the Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, and Space Technology Mission Directorate, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
  • With organizations external to NASA


Promote technology infusion

  • Infusion starts before solicitations are written, ends with mission adoption

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