The ISS..will we abandon it?

http://www.inquisitr.com/4074415/the-international-space-station-will-we-abandon-it/

The International Space Station – which is operated by the United States, Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and a number of other nations – was constructed at the cost of tens of billions of dollars over a number of years. Russian rockets and U.S. space shuttle’s help to carry its various components into orbit where they could be assembled. But with Russia suggesting it will build a separate station and abandon the International Space Station, will the U.S. also abandon its investment in this enormous scientific project?

The International Space Station was never intended to last for multiple decades, and technically speaking, it has already exceeded its designed lifetime. However, as reported by Space.com, NASA recently extended its use well into the 2020s. Whether this is actually practical or not depends on the wear and tear on the station and the cost of maintaining it.

Even worse, as reported by Popular Mechanics, Russia is indicating that it intends to create an entirely Russian-built station – similar to the older space stations they used to operate. With the Russians pulling out of the International Space Station – if they do – would the U.S. be able to continue operating the current station?

If we are willing to make the investment, the answer is yes. Currently, the United States is in the final stages of testing its own manned vehicles for reaching low Earth orbit and the space station again. While for years now, NASA has been forced to depend on the Russians for getting to the station, this is about to come to an end.

In addition to NASA’s own vehicle currently being built by Boeing, the private space company SpaceX is also constructing its Dragon 2 vehicle, which will not only be able to carry astronauts to the station, it will also be able to take them beyond Earth orbit.

In the end, though, the question is whether the International Space Station has any practical purpose in the immediate future. While the scientific research being conducted on the station is of dubious value, its use as a port of call for vehicles returning from the moon or Mars – as well as a construction or assembly site for such vehicles – could be invaluable.

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i remember a “famous” glp poster once describing that when they abandon the ISS we know its coming down from above..the rogue planet will be in the house..

“The International Space Station was never intended to last for multiple decades, and technically speaking, it has already exceeded its designed lifetime.”

russia will have its own soon enough..but will they replace it?

“Russia is indicating that it intends to create an entirely Russian-built station – similar to the older space stations they used to operate. With the Russians pulling out of the International Space Station – if they do – would the U.S. be able to continue operating the current station?”

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~ by seeker401 on March 23, 2017.

2 Responses to “The ISS..will we abandon it?”

  1. Russia still involved with the U.S., EU, and other nations, even though politically, the space program cooperation might be disrupted, which has yet to happen. Yet, if Russia does build its own station, then this is one cooperative relationship that potentially will become more distant.

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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