Battle Brewing Over Effort to Extend Station Ops to 2020

World space agencies eye U.S. station ties
The Huntsville Times

World space agencies – including NASA – are reviewing options to stretch America’s involvement in the International Space Station beyond 2015.

Last week, NASA and 14 other members of the space station program met to discuss the possibility of using the station, scheduled to be completed by 2010, until 2020, NASA Headquarters spokesman John Yembrick confirmed to The Times.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, told The Times Monday that it seemed impractical to extend American involvement in the station. “We have to look to the future,” he said. “We have a plan to build new vehicles – a plan Marshall Space Flight Center is heavily involved in – and we need to stick to that plan.”

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