Thursday, December 24, 2009

NASA, Int’l Space Station Allicance Shaky


Network Word state that, despite NASA’s continued work on the International Space Station (ISS), the relationship between the two is becoming a little more contentious. The decay in relations appears as NASA faces challenges on replacing it’s space shuttle program and NASA and the ISS begin making modifications to the way they are managed. NASA is facing issues which could influence how well it is able to utilize all of the space station’s “research facilities.”

NASA faces a laundry-list of challenges: the Space Shuttle program’s looming end, high costs, limited staff, the uncertain future of the ISS program, and a pending decision from President Obama which would then require Congressional authorization.

At present, the International Space Station program is slated to end in 2015, but it has been proposed that it be extended to 2020. Three of the scenarios projected by President Obama’s investigatory committee include extending the station’s life.


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