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The moon or bust

"The moon or bust" Continued...

Issue: "Our long war," March 8, 2008

But that relationship may become closer than comfortable during the three- to five-year gap between space shuttle retirement and the expected completion of Orion and Ares, when NASA's ISS operations could have, in the words of Dale, "no option other than to purchase crew transport services from Russia."

That's a distasteful prospect considering the enormous investment the United States has made in the ISS. NASA maintains its goal of prepping the station for a six-person crew by 2009 but is currently reviewing whether to continue U.S. operations on the ISS beyond 2015. Pending new presidential mandates, NASA's objective is to move on.

Daniel James Devine
Daniel James Devine

Daniel is a reporter for WORLD who covers science, technology, and other topics in the Midwest from his home base in Indiana. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanJamDevine.

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