NASA Faces Possibility of Short-Term Gap in Human Space Station Missions Written 27 November 2023


Artist's concept depicts the completely assembled International Space Station passing over the Straits of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea. | Credit: NASA

Space News reported, “While NASA seeks to maintain an uninterrupted human presence in low Earth orbit, an agency official said a short-term gap between the International Space Station and commercial successors would not be ‘the end of the world.’” The space agency’s “current approach to its future in LEO counts on supporting development of commercial space stations with the goal of having at least one such station ready to support NASA astronauts and research by 2030, when the ISS is scheduled for retirement.” However, “a key question” is “whether any of the several companies working on such concepts will be ready by the end of the decade.
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