Flexible path

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The flexible path was a set of destinations for further manned space exploration in the inner Solar System proposed in the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee of 2009 and was envisioned as alternative to the Moon-first and Mars-first approaches.[citation needed]

In 2010 president Barack Obama announced change in the space policy from the Moon-first approach (adopted previously under the Vision for Space Exploration and Constellation program) to a variety of destinations resembling[citation needed] the flexible path approach.

Outer space exploration destinations envisioned in US space policy[edit]

Bold designates missions beyond Cis-lunar space.
Legend:   [flyby] — [orbit] — [landing]

Current as of 2010:[citation needed]

Flexible path beyond Low Earth Orbit:[citation needed]

The list is ordered according to the delta-v required by the mission.


  1. ^ HSF Final Report: Seeking a Human Spaceflight Program Worthy of a Great Nation, October 2009, Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, p. 40.