8 January 2014
The White House reportedly will allow the ISS’ life to be extended from 2020 to 2024, news that NASA plans to announce this week. Congress still would have to assign the money for the extension, which is a major chunk of NASA’s budget and may force tough financial decisions for the future. However, the decision is expected to reassure partners wanting to know what the U.S. plans are. This news also has several other important benefits, including sending a signal to China that the ISS will still be operating when China completes its own station; providing commercial space companies with a location to fly to for several more years; and continuing important scientific research at the ISS. (Image Credit: NASA)
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