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International Space Station life 'to be extended'

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Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:37 AM by AlexMuller

Construction of the ISS began in 1998 and is a joint venture between the US, Russia, Canada, Japan, and states in the European Space Agency (Esa). These partners will have to support any extension for it to be implemented. Current commitments run to 2020, but many engineers believe the station could work safely until at least 2028.

 
Bill Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator at Nasa with responsibility for the station, told reporters: "I think the idea is that 10 years from today is a pretty far-reaching, pretty strategic decision.
 
And he added: "We have talked to the partners about this... They were involved in all the hardware studies. In general, they see this as a positive step moving forward."
 
Certainly, Germany, Europe's biggest contributor to the ISS project is keen to see the $100bn orbiting platform operate for many years into the future.
 
Jan Woerner, the chairman of the German space agency (DLR), said: "Germany is eager to use the ISS until 2020 and beyond. Full stop. This is the German position and we hope the other [European] member states will make the commitment and give the money for that."
 
Prof Woerner was speaking in Washington DC where his national agency and Esa announced technical tie-ups with the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), which is developing a mini-space shuttle to carry astronauts to and from the ISS.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
+2
International space station is great idea and ultimately for the big projects cooperation is the key. The cost of the project is phenomenal and also expertise requirements
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
+1
One hopes that all of the 15 nations involved in the ISS along with the US will continue to participate for the duration of the life of the ISS Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
+0
Additional funding will likely be required at some point, however Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
+0
It seems that this extension allows NASA to expand their planning, and it is likely to change the way scientists and commercial companies look at their “investment” in the future of the ISS. Good news!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
+0
Think it has provided some value for understanding effects of microgravity and psychological effects of living in small living area for a long time. 
I think the ISS is valuable for just learning the basics of extended periods living in space Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-09
+2
I found that a recent review of ISS modules and equipment ensured that the station could likely last until 2028 and this new extension allows operations to be at least considered until nearly 2030. Great Reply


 

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