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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
Russia Investigates Downsizing Space Station Crew From Three to Two


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 23 2016, @05:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 23 2016, @05:41PM (#392219)

    Exoplanets is SO last year. Now it's all about exoplanet atmospheres. And next couple of years, 'we are going to confirm' some other shit and even 'directly image' it.

    But fuck that. Does it not puzzle you that there is not a single shot of an alleged astronaut performing the simple act of turning 180 degrees, showing you the Earth, and turning back? Or a view from the inside of the airlock, right before EVA? I mean, Tate claims to have a friggin' webcam in space. [tate.org.uk] Tate! They chose one of the many yet unexplained periodic lights on our sky, and claim it is 'their satellite'. Can't you see they are mocking you?

    Let's assume machines do actually orbit around. If YOU put such a 'space station', would you not absolutely stack the living fuck of it with cameras? And wouldn't you put at least 2 or 3 of those in every space suit?

    What is a valid reason for not packing all that with cameras? What, Ahmed will infiltrate and detonate? Please.