International Space Station in the News


International Space Station Telescope Makes Amazing Observation of Black Hole Eating Stuff

Jan. 9, 2019

“A telescope on the International Space Station made an incredible high-resolution measurement of the x-rays resulting from a black hole sucking up matter that could have important implications for astronomers’ understanding of these mysterious objects.”

2018 Showcased the International Space Station Program’s Elasticity

December 31, 2018

“The 20th year of International Space Station operations continued to show hundreds of of science experiments can be performed while managing a dozen different visiting vehicles and multiple spacewalks throughout the year. Moreover, it showcased the international partner space agencies’ ability to handle and recover from large unexpected events.”

The International Space Station Just Turned 20- Here’s What Astronauts Say about Living in the $150 Billion Orbiting Laboratory

Nov. 23, 2019

“The International Space Station (ISS) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, marking two decades since the station’s first component launched into orbit on a Russian rocket. Since November 2000, when NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko became the first humans to stay long-term on the ISS, more than 230 people have visited the $150 billion laboratory in space. Today, the ISS is voluminous enough to fill a six-bedroom house. It’s the largest space vehicle ever built, and scientists have conducted more than 2,500 investigations there.”

An Entirely New Way of Thinking: The ISS Celebrates 20 Years in Space

Nov. 20, 2018

“The International Space Station, or ISS, pushed NASA into “an entirely new way of thinking,” Gary Oleson, a station engineer, told Oleson worked as a member of NASA’s Space Station Program Office from 1988 to 1993; at first doing the cost side of systems engineering, and then as a principal systems engineer liaison, where he focused on the project’s logistics and maintenance.”

International Space Station: Twenty Facts about the ISS as it Celebrates its 20th Birthday

Nov. 19, 2018

“The ISS was also a landmark act of co-operation between the United States and Russia, the old Cold War foes definitively laying to rest decades of nuclear tensions to share the expertise both sides had accumulated during and after the Space Race of the 1960s to further the common good. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this extraordinary project, intended to last another 10 years at least, here are 20 facts you might not know about the ISS”

The “Awesomeness” of the International Space Station

Nov. 4, 2018

“American 18-year-olds voting for the first time on Nov. 6 will not have spent a day in their life without humans orbiting the Earth in space.”

Make Space Great Again: Why the International Space Station Still Matters

Sept. 3, 2018

“Shuttling astronauts to and fro, hasn’t garnered much fanfare from the populace. Aside from a few novel experiments like Scott Kelly’s recent year-long session in space, ISS expeditions have gotten minimal coverage. The ISS has produced an incredible amount of scientific output and many discoveries that will pave the way for the future of space exploration and human colonization. NASA’s research page lists thousands of different experiments conducted over the past twenty years.”

International Space Station Orbiting Earth. 3D Illustration.

Continued U.S. Support of International Space Station is Critical for Future Space Exploration

June 11, 2018

“Continuously manned since the year 2000 with financial support from 15 countries, the ISS is a marvel of human engineering, international cooperation and scientific achievement. Research conducted aboard the ISS has helped us better understand the long-term effects of space travel,which is criticalfor future manned travel to the moon and beyond. Funding for the ISS is set to continue through at least 2024, with potential extension through 2028 or beyond currently being discussed among partners.”

When Did we Stop Thinking Big? Save the International Space Station

May 31, 2018

“Our human spaceflight laboratory is now reaching its peak scientific capabilities, and it would be a policy failure to schedule an end to consistent government funding of ISS. NASA’s FY 2019 budget proposal includes plans to end funding for the International Space Station by 2025 or transferring our valuable taxpayer investment to a private U.S. or international company or consortium. Conservatives, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have opposed this plan.”

Senators to Push NASA to Extend ISS through 2028

May 16, 2018

“A bi-partisan pair of U.S. senators said in a hearing that the report from NASA Inspector General provided a closing argument against the Trump administration’s proposal to privatize or abandon the orbiting laboratory so soon, saying NASA should extend its life until at least 2028. “We’ve got this platform up there (worth) north of $100 billion, and it’s there,” said Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, ranking member on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. “Abandoning this incredible orbiting laboratory where they are doing research, when we are on the cusp of a new era of space exploration, would be irresponsible at best and probably disastrous.” “The defense rests,” quipped Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness.”

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