The Obama administration's extension of the
"We are hopeful and optimistic that our ISS partners will join this extension effort and thus enable continuation of the groundbreaking research being conducted in this unique orbiting laboratory for at least another decade," NASA Administrator
The ISS extension will allow
The extension also will expand "the broader flow of societal benefits from research on the station," the blog said.
"Research conducted on the ISS has already resulted in a number of discoveries with significant medical and industrial implications," Bolden and Holdren said.
"The ISS is a unique facility that offers enormous scientific and societal benefits," Bolden and Holdren wrote. "The Obama administration's decision to extend its life until at least 2024 will allow us to maximize its potential, deliver critical benefits to our nation and the world, and maintain American leadership in space."
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