Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Space: Nasa wants to do research on the ISS for at least another four years - Times Online

The International Space Station is to remain manned until 2024. Technically, she was still longer available, per year, however, the ISS will cost 2.2 billion euros.

The Astronaut Mike Hopkins during a spacewalk on the ISS

The Astronaut Mike Hopkins during a spacewalk on the ISS | © Rick Mastracchio / Nasa / dpa

The International Space Station (ISS) is still four years longer with researchers on board in the universe revolve than previously planned. In charge of the manned space flight of the U.S. space agency Nasa Manager William barley Meier announced that it will extend the service for another four years until 2024. Previously, it was planned that all astronauts on board the ISS to return deadline of 2020 to the earth.

The decision was discussed with the international partners, emphasized Gerstenmaier. Technically, the ISS was even until 2028 operational. The cost of operating the ISS amount, according to NASA to the equivalent of about 2.2 billion euros per year. NASA spokesman David Weaver referred to the considerable scientific benefits of the ISS, which could now be further exploited.


Besides the United States, eleven European countries, Russia, Canada, Japan and Brazil participated in the station in orbit about 350 kilometers above the earth. Construction of the ISS began in 1998, since the end of 2000 researching astronauts on the human outpost in space. The station is managed by a changing international crew, composed each of six astronauts.

Germany is also involved in the technology project. In May, the German astronaut Alexander Gerst to leave aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the spaceport in Baikonur to the International Space Station.


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