President Biden has pledged to support the United States International Station (ISS) through 2030, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Friday.
“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific cooperation and has made tremendous scientific, educational and technological advances for the benefit of mankind over more than 20 years,” Nelson said. He wrote in a statement on the NASA website. “I am pleased that the Biden-Harris administration has committed to continuing to operate the station through 2030.”
The station’s operations require approval from international partners and funding from Congress, which did not approve the funding until 2024.
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The past year has proven very interesting for the International Space Station, with several major events that will change the nature of operations for years to come.
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The station also saw the first self-driving space tourist in more than a decade, when a Japanese billionaire and his producer visited the International Space Station on December 3.
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The International Space Station exists as a partnership between the international space agencies of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the State Space Corporation Roscosmos (Russia).
Interfax reported in August that Russia and the United States had pledged to work together on the International Space Station by last 2024, but no movement occurred until the end of 2021.
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“The United States’ continued participation in the International Space Station will enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as the research and technology needed to send the first woman and first people of color to the moon under NASA’s Artemis program and send the first female human beings,” Nelson said. “As more and more countries are active In space, it is more important than ever that the United States continues to lead the world in growing international alliances and model rules and standards for the peaceful and responsible use of space.”
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