Time extended to the ISS in 2024




Time extended to the ISS in 2024

Space Agency, working with the International Space Station, were certainly glad news that the space agency NASA and the White House officially announced the extension support of the station until at least 2024. Consideration of closing the ISS has been raised before, and at that time it was decided to extend support its work until 2020. Now, however, it was announced that from now on the support extended for another 4 years.

It took more than 11 years and about $ 100 billion on what to build this space laboratory, for a moment – the largest spacecraft in human history. And now, as reported by Portal Space, plans to extend its support for the work was announced on 8 January this year.

Head of the Intelligence Department and NASA manned operations Bill Gerstenmaier said that this decision will allow scientists to obtain the maximum benefit from the remainder of the project. According to experts, the main problem is to support the ISS expensive repair her oldest modules.

“For all of us this ad gives hope for further development of space programs after 2020” – shared Gerstenmaier during his teleconference.

According to officials of NASA, ISS annual maintenance will cost scholar at $ 3 billion. However, this extension of the support may not be the last, and ISS may be able to continue its work until 2028, remaining in low Earth orbit. This idea has been voiced before, but the staff mission control center are not yet sure that the station’s equipment will stand still as long life.

Work began on the ISS at the end of the distant 1998. Construction of its main modules involved in space agency NASA, the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). To date, a total of over 15 countries working station.

Gerstenmaier also said that the space agency NASA is very interested in further building Roscosmos Russian manned and multi “Soyuz”, because it is currently shipping U.S. astronauts to the ISS is only possible on board Russian spacecraft, and the contract between the two agencies will expire in 2016.

Nevertheless, NASA hopes that private space agencies like the same SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. to this point finish building its own manned spacecraft.
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