The International Space Station is one of the most important institutions that man has succeeded in building. The first phase of it was launched under NASA supervision in 1998.
Since then, the station has been subject to continuous development and receives large investments from many countries. It now includes a changing cohort of astronauts from 19 different countries. The station houses the only long-term microgravity laboratory.
The station has played a major role in a range of scientific developments and targeted projects such as effective water purification projects as well as trying to find cures for severe diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.
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NASA and the International Space Station
The International Space Station remains one of the most important achievements of modern humanity. However, it is contemplating the end of its life in the current period. It will be discontinued before December 2024.
NASA reached this decision in agreement with its global partners. Annella Hart says: Director of the Commercial Division of the Office of the Low Earth Orbit Program at NASA, that the station continues to carry out its tasks related to scientific research, but this does not mean that its life is nearing its end.
It may come as a surprise to learn that NASA will not build the next International Space Station itself. Instead, it will rely on companies specializing in the fields of space to do the job.
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Companies such as Sierra Space and Axiom Space may be relied upon mainly for this process. So as to establish the next stop.
The outlines of the plan are still unclear. However, NASA may face criticism and global problems when outsourcing work to other companies. Where it could have a political dimension.
The International Space Station is of great importance to NASA and the United States in general. NASA may also switch from a provider of services to a customer for those services and pay for them to other companies. The company has started receiving ideas from companies regarding this project.
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There is no doubt that both Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos may have contributions to this project. Also, this situation is not new. where it has been release The International Space Station (ISS) in the stock market during the tenure of former US President Donald Trump. It also appears that the current government does not oppose these decisions.
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