White House Approves 4-Year ISS Extension, NASA Plans Press Conference

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)
The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

Reliable reports this morning indicate the Obama Administration has approved a four-year extension for the International Space Station from 2020 to 2024. That effort, of course, will depend on whether the international partners — Canada, Europe, Japan and Russia — agree to extend the program.

The decision has been announced as the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) prepares to host the two-day Space Exploration Conference and Heads of Agencies Summit on Exploration beginning on Thursday.  The heads of the space agencies will certainly be asked about the extension during their meeting.
In the meantime, NASA will host a teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EST today, Jan. 8, to update media on plans for the International Space Station.

The teleconference participants are:

— William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
— Sam Scimemi, director of NASA’s International Space Station Program.

The teleconference will be streamed live online at:

https://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio