ISS receives reprieve to 2024 (Photo: NASA)
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 on the ISS (Photo: NASA)
Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy (Image: SpaceX)
The Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) program from 2020 until at least 2024. This is an unfunded statement of intent, which must be both approved and funded by the US Congress. Neither NASA nor the White House have revealed from where the additional US$4 billion per year of funding for this extended operation will come. At present none of the ISS international partners have plans to support such an extension. Is this the best decision for the future of manned space exploration?
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