The law was signed to extend the United States’ participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program until 2030
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The law authorizes NASA’s Artemis program, as well as US participation in the ISS program for another six years.
Frank Slazer, president and CEO of The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, said in a statement, “We are pleased that this bipartisan legislation includes the NASA Authorization Act of 2022. The new law demonstrates that Congress and House Blanca recognize the importance of space to our nation’s competitiveness and support NASA’s goals for space exploration. Strongly “.
But to allow the International Space Station to be used for the rest of this decade, NASA needs the support of Russia, Japan, Canada and the European space agencies.
However, after the invasion of Ukraine, the head of the Russian Space Agency said that the country would end cooperation on the International Space Station after 2024 and build its own space station. It should be noted that Russia has long planned to dispose of the International Space Station after 2024.
Roscosmos, the Russian equivalent of NASA, still owns about a quarter of the International Space Station, known as the Russian part. It is responsible for the navigation and control of the entire spacecraft, and without it, the station would not be able to function.
The International Space Station is a multinational science laboratory in space that has been in orbit since 1988 and has been funded to operate until 2024. During its 23 years of operation, the station has conducted more than 3,000 experiments by more than 4,200 researchers from around the world.
China, which has been denied access to the International Space Station program, is currently building its own space station, called Tiangong. The Chinese space station is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022.
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