President Joe Biden’s administration has announced that the International Space Station (ISS) will be extended until 2030, according to NASA. The ISS has only been funded until 2024 by the US Congress. However, the US government has agreed to provide additional funding in order to keep the ISS operational for an extended period of time.
NASA has taken this step by providing private companies with millions of dollars to help them build space stations. The goal is to use these space stations instead of the International Space Station. Despite the fact that the ISS is designed to last a long time, given the cracks and leaks that have appeared in it, the question of its longevity has arisen.
On January 25, 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced the formation of the ISS during his State of the Union address. It was expected to be completed in ten years. The first American component of the space station was launched on December 4, 1998, and it began operations two years later. After that, in the year 2000, the ISS was fully operational.
On November 2, 2000, NASA’s Bill Shepard and Russia’s Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev arrived at the station. The three astronauts each spent several months in space. Humans have been living on the International Space Station (ISS) since then. The International Space Station (ISS) became fully operational in May 2009, when a six-person crew was assigned to it. Two Soyuz lifeboats were also required for this.
The International Space Station, according to US Space Agency Administrator Bill Nelson, is a “beacon of peaceful international scientific cooperation,” according to a statement released on Friday. For more than 20 years, it has benefited humanity through scientific, educational, and technological advancement. I’m glad the Biden-Harris administration is committed to keeping the station open until 2030.
The European Space Agency, Japan’s Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Canada’s Canadian Space Agency, and Russia’s Roscosmos will continue to collaborate on the ISS. The ISS is expected to remain operational by the end of this decade thanks to these international partners.