Future of ISS to be decided next year.
US Congress will need to decide in 2014 whether to continue funding the International Space Station after 2020, or to crash it into the South Pacific ocean, according to William Gerstenmaier, the top NASA official for human spaceflight.
Three years ago, the decision was made between the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency to continue funding the ISS until 2020, at a current cost to the US alone of $3 billion a year. The prime contractor Boeing says the station should hold up until 2028, but it’s not likely that Japan or Europe will continue support for it due to their own space programs. Russia is also said to be thinking of creating its own space station after 2020, and China is planning a 60 ton station by 2020.

Future of ISS to be decided next year.

US Congress will need to decide in 2014 whether to continue funding the International Space Station after 2020, or to crash it into the South Pacific ocean, according to William Gerstenmaier, the top NASA official for human spaceflight.

Three years ago, the decision was made between the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency to continue funding the ISS until 2020, at a current cost to the US alone of $3 billion a year. The prime contractor Boeing says the station should hold up until 2028, but it’s not likely that Japan or Europe will continue support for it due to their own space programs. Russia is also said to be thinking of creating its own space station after 2020, and China is planning a 60 ton station by 2020.

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