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posted by martyb on Monday August 22 2016, @10:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the Privatized-International-Space-Station-==-PISS? dept.

NASA may sell/lease parts of the International Space Station in the next decade:

NASA has signalled its intention to offload the International Space Station (ISS) some time in the 2020s. News of the sale appeared in the video below, at about the 14:15 mark [YouTube] when Bill Hill, NASA's deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, ponders the ISS' role in future missions.

"Ultimately our desire is to hand the space station to either a commercial entity or some other commercial capability so that research can continue in low-Earth orbit. We figure that will be around the mid-20s."

Hill and the other speakers in the video explain how NASA is preparing for a crewed Mars mission and outline how the agency is now well and truly in the market for ideas about how to get it done.

Also at SpaceFlight Insider and TechCrunch.

Related:
Russia to Build New Space Station with NASA after ISS
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 22 2016, @10:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 22 2016, @10:52PM (#391915)

    No, it just means that you have a weak grasp of orbits and basic geometry.

    You may not realize this, but when you are in the dark doesn't mean that something 400km above you is in the dark as well.

    Now you are in trouble, and you can thank your arrogant pretentiousness for it:

    When you a) get a clue about what a cosine is, and b) get your head out of your ass just enough to calculate whether an altitude of 400 km 22 degrees past the separator is inside or outside of the shadow cast from a 6397 km radius globe, come back and visit us.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 22 2016, @11:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 22 2016, @11:32PM (#391929)

    get your head out of your ass just enough to calculate whether an altitude of 400 km 22 degrees past the separator is inside or outside of the shadow cast from a 6397 km radius globe, come back and visit us.

    Let me get this straight: you are saying that you cannot see the ISS? Then what is that bright thing streaking across the sky? Are you suggesting aliens, or an "electric universe"? Your confusion is spreading. Now see what you have done! Would you be interested in some co-opt space real estate?