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NASA To Halt Key Research on Space Station

Published by spacecowboy on Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:30 pm
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November 18, 2005 8:45AM

The decision to slash space station science comes as NASA begins one of its greatest challenges: to return humans to the moon and then travel on to Mars within the next few decades. “They are cutting hundreds of millions of dollars of life sciences research that has been planned, in some cases, for decades,” said Keith Cowing, a former NASA scientist.

The most expensive science experiment in the history of the world is nearing collapse after its main sponsor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, announced plans to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget.

The space agency plans to save $344 million next year by halting research aboard the International Space Station Latest News about International Space Station (ISS) into the effects of space radiation on humans, the design of life support systems, and advanced environmental controls.

Already brought to its knees by the continuing problems with the space shuttle and being billions of dollars over budget, the ISS has now fallen victim to a damage limitation exercise instituted by the NASA Latest News about NASA administrator, Michael Griffin, who needs to find ways to plug a looming $5 billion budget shortfall in the space agency’s finances.

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