NASA has received preliminary approval to keep the ISS operating until 2024.
The extension by the White House and Congress comes as a welcome relief to NASA who considers the space station a critical steppingstone to future space exploration.
The extension will cost NASA about $3 billion per year. Given that the agencies budget is currently about $17 billion a year, the extension could force NASA to cut other efforts in the future.
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This, of course, will delay my planned take-over of the ISS and its conversion into a space hotel for guest that would travel back and forth on one of the commercial space ventures. Oh well, the best laid plans need to bow to science.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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