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Space Station Mission To Be Extended Through 2024

By: CNN/NASA
By: CNN/NASA

The International Space Station will be open for at least another ten years.

The Obama administration is vowing to keep the science lab in orbit until at least 2024.

That's a four-year extension from the previous commitment to keep it going until 2020.

According to the Washington Post, it took more than 13 years, more than 100 rocket and shuttle launches and 160 spacewalks to build the station.

The extension is good news for private launch companies with contracts to supply cargo to the I.S.S. and may compete for contracts in the future.

It's yet to be determined if International partners such as the European Space Agency, Russia, Japan and Canada will extend their involvement.

The head of NASA’s human spaceflight program told the post it may be several years before those decisions are made.

He said NASA will go it alone, if need be.


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