The United States will expand ISS activity through 2030

The United States will expand ISS activity through 2030

The United States is expanding its work aboard the International Space Station through 2030, NASA confirmed Friday in a blog post. "The International Space Station is the beacon of international peaceful scientific cooperation and for more than 20 years has returned major scientific, educational and technological advances to benefit humanity," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in a statement.

While there has never been any doubt that the U.S. will continue its near - term commitment to the ISS, NASA 's message comes amid higher tensions with Russia, one of several countries sharing access to the Space Station. 2022 also saw Russia deepen its cooperation in space with China, another enemy of the United States, such as The New York Times noted in June.

Fall 2022 saw a number of emergencies aboard the ISS, which the US blamed on Russia. In October, a surprise test fire from a docked Russian spacecraft to the ISS tilted it out of its normal position, forcing crew on board a short evacuation. (Fun footnote: The spacecraft that caused the incident had been in space so that a Russian crew could record the first famous film aboard the Space Station.) Then, in the In November, satellite debris forced ISS astronauts to seek shelter on the day as it attacked Russian missiles. The US has criticized Russia for its attack. Russia did not recognize anything wrong.

Later that month, in an unrelated program, Russian space agency Roscosmos left the door open for possible criminal allegations related to the 2022 incident involving a hole in one of his spaceships, which may have been in the Russian media as a result of US sabotage. "These attacks are deceptive and have no credibility," Nelson said Ars Technica in November.

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In their statement Friday, NASA highlighted among their ongoing projects sending humans to Mars, as well as Project Artemis, an effort to send the first female and first man of color to the Moon. In fact, NASA went through a reorganization in September that seemed to reflect in particular its priorities around the Moon and Mars.

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