The United States will continue to work with other nations’ space programs on the International Space Station until 2030, NASA announced today. This will allow for an uninterrupted transition to a commercial space station (or stations!) In the late 2020s.
Funds for the ISS have already been approved until 2024. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said The edge in May that he wants to continue working on the ISS until 2030.
The future of the ISS was called into question in 2018, when a draft budget proposal from President Donald Trump’s administration predicted the end of support for the space station in 2025. More recently, the escalation Tensions between the United States and Russia threatened the cooperation needed to work together on the ISS. In November, Russia detonated a satellite, creating a dangerous cloud of debris in Earth orbit.
“It is more important than ever that the United States continue to lead the world in developing international alliances and modeling rules and standards for the peaceful and responsible use of space,” Nelson said in a statement. .